INTRODUCTION This write up is no where near a satire but is a painful truth. Yes, your brother or relations can kill you or arrange your downfall. The greatest shame of human race is that they don't learn from history. Despite the abundance of evidence that a man is not necessarily safe from one's own siblings or immediate and remote relations, temporal and spiritual leaders still believe they are safer in the hands of "their people" than with strangers. This safer "with a brother or relation" assumption is responsible for the following behaviours in our organizations, communities, states and the nation: 1. NEPOTISM : There is no other explanation other than "I am safer in the hands of my brother" that would make a leader ensure that all critical security architecture of his domains is in the hands of his immediate and remote relations, joined together by descent or religion. This is widely practised in countries like Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Angola, Algeria, North Korean etc. and in churches and many organizations. These relations are assumed to see the regime as their own and have a patriotic obligation to nip all security threats in the bud. This philosophy works as long as there are no ambitious person in the security chain who nurses a dream to replace the person being protected. The process leading to the achievement of his ambition is usually costly. 2. GANG-UP AGAINST A WIFE BY BROTHERS-IN-LAW: There are cases where a man would rather share his secret with his brothers than with his legally wedded wife. The man keeps living in the illusion of how closely knit his mother's sons were and how he would never allow even a lovely wife come between him and his brothers. It is therefore common to see some business names like Jude & Brothers Ltd, Musa Brothers or Obi & Brothers Ltd. The heart rending part is that the so called lovely brothers would descend on the widow of their brother and children and strip them of their inheritance in the name of protecting their brother's assets. What a shame! 3. CLANNISHNESS IN BIG CHURCHES: With an exception of the main orthodox churches in Nigeria, the major first and second generation pentecostal churches are so tribalistic in the population of their hierarchy. Despite the "global in stature" claims of Assembles of God, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Deeper Life, Lord's Chosen etc, the first 20 pastors in order of hierarchy have the same colour as the Nigeria's current security chiefs' appointments. COUNTER ARGUMENTS Surprisingly, there are abound in historical books and real life examples where brothers exploited filial trust to deal deadly blows on the supposed brother. The following are but few known instances: 1. ABEL & CAIN ACCOUNT : The first brothers descending from the humans God himself created were Cain and Abel. They were born of the same parents. One killed the other out of jealousy. 2. ESAU & JACOB : Shakespeare said that there is no art to read a mind's construction from the face. So, it is very difficult to know how much your own blood brother covet you position. Even your mother or siblings could be co- opted in the act of conning or destroying whatever that matters to you. 3. JOSEPH & BROTHERS : Brothers from the same father may have not forgotten your childhood stories or statement on how successful you planned to be. Some of them would be watching and would be ready to strike before you take a shine off their stars. It will now become so easy for them to finish you up when you rely on them for protection, a role they feel you gave them to establish your superiority over them. They will strike when you least expected and you shall fall. 4: JESUS EXPERIENCE : Brilliant bible students know that Judas that betrayed Jesus was from his home town. He was the treasurer of Jesus' organisation who could be said to have disbursed funds for daily expenses. He knew the nature and the scope all Jesus' activities and planned the expenditure. That was a position of trust. With good information at his disposal, he betrayed his master expertly. CONCLUSION Protection is from God. Reliance on your relations or religious brothers for protection may give you a psychological feeling of security but it is not fool-proof. No one is ever protected from a homegrown terror orchestrated by ambitious and jealous relations who know the target so well. Successful polygamists would always allude to their marrying wives not from the same town or even the same tribe as the a key element for a marital harmony. Professionalism in the security circles by setting up clear succession plans, good and equitable leadership, openness and fairness in the affairs of an entity protect more than a reliance on consanguineous security approach. Very high concentration of a particular ethnic group in the apex of a set-up that should be diversity reflective does elicit a perception of colonial image or disposition of resentment towards what ordinarily should be embraced a national organization . This in itself is a greater insecurity. By Anayo Nwosu.