Abba Kyari’s predicament will evoke, in some manner, watertight interpretation by the conspiracy theorists. They can have a soft landing and safe haven to drive their points homes. The US recently denied Nigeria access to purchase helicopters that would aid adequately in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists, bandits, and kidnappers who become a sharp thorn in the country’s flesh. The US scuttled the arms deal with Nigeria, citing the human rights abuses and violations, among others, as its reasons. Is the accusation valid? No! The Information minister falsifies it.
Before Nigeria heal, recuperate, and move on, the shocking revelation of FBI reports that squarely and directly without evasion indicted the super cop Abba Kyari who has been vibrantly a leading figure in battling those violent crimes are gravelling the peace of the country. Though this isn’t the first time the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a federal law enforcement agency that’s principal investigator of the Justice Department in the US, accuse Nigeria’s top official.
The current speaker of the House of Representatives was once charged until it was proved that the accusation was baseless, unfounded. The same happened to the late Senator Buruji Kashimu, who was accused of drug trafficking. His extradition to the US failed due to intricacies and involution associated with that international law. The chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, was equally indicted by the FBI and the Americans demanded him to be extradited. It was later discovered that he’s ingenuously sinless. He was vindicated as innocent. Therefore, the FBI isn’t always correct and voracious, as many Nigerians assumed.
However, even if the alleged report of Kyari’s indictment proved to be flawless and accurate, Nigeria must borrow or take up an American approach. I said so because it will be a lame decision for the country to get rid of such an adept and proficient police officer in these trying moments. Forget about Kperogis and Ochonus, who are not within reach of kidnappers and bandits, who write from their comfort zones in the US, calling for the super cop’s head. Don’t be prey to their flakes.
When former American President, Bill Clinton, was indicted for having an illicit sexual relationship with his secretary within the sacred white house, Monica Kalawesky, the indictment was proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Yet, the US assembly was sagacious in its judgement. They weighed Clinton’s advantage as well as his shortcomings. They had prioritised his advantages and didn’t impeach him, and he later continued to become one of the finest and successful presidents in American history.
However, in this present critical moment of insecurity eating deep into Nigeria’s flesh, such as dreaded terrorists of Boko Haram in the northeast, bandits and kidnappers in the north-west and north-central and secessionists in the entire south, to get rid of Kyari for his alleged accomplice offence with the notorious Yahoo Boy — Hushpuppi — will come with consequences. Therefore, Nigeria must prioritise its National interest.
The US let go of the culpability of Saudi Arabia when Jamal Khashoggi was butchered in Turkey for the simple reason that they had wanted to pursue their billions of dollars deal (arms purchase) with Saudis. National interest always comes first.
Kyari has, in his two decades of service, done a superb and groundbreaking job in bringing the level of violent crimes in Nigeria down. His record is today the top desirable one in the police force. Notably, the Nigerian Government and all its institutions have never found him wanting in all these two decades of service. Kyari has been consistent with his career and currently heading a formidable team that has become criminals’ nightmare. It will be uncanny and suicidal to let him go for the funny accusation of a Yahoo Boy having telephone communication with him outside Nigeria. I urge the Nigeria Police Force to review the report of the FBI about the super cop.
Nevertheless, the FBI report is right or wrong; the officer should be given a top security operation to lead to “fatigue” for the mere mention of his name in the indictment report. After all, Kyari should try to eschew any nexus with people that can easily make others see him as a dissenter. His recent public appearance with Obi Cubana can be a massive slap on his personality.
One lesson Nigerians will learn from this saga is that our culture of highhandedness with the public office should be dropped. Public servants used to be like emperors, especially when they proved to be worthy and successful. It happened with Bank chiefs, politicians etc. Let us have strong institutions.
Salisu Uba Kofar-Wambai is a PhD student at the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano. He can be reached via email@example.com.