Controversies have begun to trail the federal government’s plan to place a ban on motorcycles across the country.It would be recalled that recently, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) through attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, informed journalists that the federal government was considering a ban on motorcycles (nationwide), claiming motorcycles were used to commit crimes across the country.Our position on the federal government’s claim is that motorcycles are not the only vehicles used for criminal activities in the country.The federal government should look beyond heaping the blame on motorcycles and go after the bandits who have become more organised and are outsmarting our security professionals who are paid and provided for to protect lives and property.Following several arrests and captures of terrorists claimed to have been made by security agents, Nigerians would like to know how many of them have been punished other than keeping them in jails and feeding them with taxpayers’ money.We are not surprised at the outrage which has trailed government’s intentions across the country concerning the proposed ban.For instance, some are saying that the government has moved to punish the poor masses who use motorcycles to fend for their families.The ripple effects of the proposed ban will trigger bigger negative consequences much more than expected.Many will lose their source of livelihood; those in the business of motorcycle spare parts will go down while the army of okada riders will suffer with members of their families and lots more.One important question is, if motocycles are banned, will they be banned in the forests or jungles from where most of the bandits operate?There’s also the fact that bandits operate with all kinds of utility vehicles like trucks, SUVs—just anything movable.Will those guns they use for operations be banned also?The bandits are also known to use armoured vehicles. Will all of them be banned?In one of our previous editorials on this issue, we pointed out that until those handling our security agencies are held accountable for lapses in their areas, nothing tangible would be achieved; rather, it would escalate.We have not seen military and police authorities punished for security breaches in their areas of control. We smell collusion in most of the terrorist attacks.How could a maximum security prison located in a federal capital be broken into under the watchful eyes of security men?It really needs to be explained by those in charge even as it was alleged that an intelligence report was released alerting the authorities of the impending invasion of the correctional (prison) facility.We appreciate the worries of the government and indeed all Nigerians about the worsening security challenges in the country and wish to recommend to the federal government to channel its energy towards re-strategising and reforming its security apparatus.They do not only seem to have lost ideas on how to tackle the situation but have relapsed heavily to the mercy of the bandits.The Nigerian nation should systematically tackle unemployment, labour strikes and disharmony and indiscipline, and also set Nigerians on the path of patriotism.Nigerians are tired of excuses and the blame game.It is not convincing enough that motorcycles are the major threat to national security but the drivers who are the terrorists.Motorcycles have therefore been in existence long before terrorists began to use them and until the terrorists are eliminated, no amount of bans on vehicles including motocycles will stop them.We cannot cut our noses to spite our faces.


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