I hope Nigeria’s presidential candidates are taking note of how much the West is spending in Ukraine as they draw up their security and anti-terrorist plans 

Ayo Akinfe 

[1] I am yet to see any comprehensive anti-terrorist or security manifesto from any of our presidential candidates. I desperately hope we get something very soon 

[2] Insecurity is by far our biggest problem in Nigeria today. Do we actually have any plans to step up the acquisition of intelligence gathering equipment?

[3] I am amazed that none of the presidential candidates thought of picking a former soldier a running mate. Tinubu could have picked Martin Luther Agwai, Atiku could have gone with Onyabor Ihejirika, while Peter Obi could have selected Luka Yusuf and Rabiu Kwankwaso could have gone with Kenneth Minimah

[4] As Nigeria stands today, the combination of an economist and a former soldier would be ideal for the presidency 

[5] When I look at the calibre of military hardware being supplied to Ukraine, I shudder. I am particularly gobsmacked with the high tech High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (Himras) systems currently being delivered. They can hit targets about 300km away, are highly mobile and are fully digitised 

[6] Tinubu, Atiku, Obi, Kwankwaso, etc, should be asking the US, EU and UK to supply them with surveillance equipment, high tech drones and Himras systems that can enable them take out the likes of Boko Haram, Iswap, kidnappers, etc in their dens and forests 

[7] Do you know that so far, the US has offered military aid of up to $7bn to Ukraine since February this year?

[8] Similarly, the European Union has sent equipment worth €2.5bn to Ukraine since hostilities began 

[9] Not to be left out, the UK has equally sent £2.5bn worth of equipment to the Ukraine 

[10] All these nations pledging to be friends of Nigeria need to be put on the spot. Our leaders need to get them to put their money where their mouths are. If they can do it for Ukraine, why can’t they do it for Nigeria?