Nigerians in the UK render damning verdict on Buhari administration: ‘Our country is in the jaw of insecurity and gradually losing the war on terror due to incompetence’

Although we are headquartered in Washington D.C. USA, our reporters and editors are working around the globe to cover what you care about. We invite you to donate to our fundraiser to help us keep our quality news free and available to all.  

Buhari under fire

Nigerians in the United Kingdom have rendered a damning verdict on the Buhari administration fight against insecurity.

According to them, Nigeria “is in the jaw of insecurity and gradually losing the war on terror due to incompetence”

[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]

“The worrying security crisis engulfing the nation from the edges of Lake Chad to villages in North-East Nigeria to the diabolical senseless killing of innocent Nigerians in North-West Nigeria to the alarming growth of kidnapping at the gateway of Nigeria Federal Capital (Abuja) to the undeniable slaughter of innocent Nigerians in Southern Kaduna tagged in some quarters as the ‘endangered Christian minority’ of Northern Nigeria is an issue of concerns for the diasporas and friends of Nigeria,” the leadership of Africa Security Forum (ASF) said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC.

The UK-based group said “the snapshot of Nigeria security map portrays a nation in the ‘jaw of insecurity’ and gradually losing the war on terror due to the incompetency of the Nigeria Armed Forces and other security services operating below global standard of security management.”

The group added: “The leadership of Africa Security Forum salutes the courage of the nation’s foot-soldiers at the warfront battling Boko Haram/ISWAP and share the grief of the Nigerian families affected by the death of their loved ones in the hands of terrorists.  

“That said, we must draw the attention of Nigerians to the fact that the cost of violence to Nigeria economy is estimated in some quarters to be almost $10 billion dollars yet the lack of leadership on security management is visibility for the world to see and making a mockery of the nation with uncontrollable violence happening in jurisdictions declared to be under security curfew…

“In light of the above, we call on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to establish a portal for Nigerians to provide their views on what type of security service they want in Nigeria and for the restructuring of Nigeria security infrastructure to be people driven.

“The community of nations and Nigerians in the diaspora agree that it is within the president’s prerogative to fire and hire the security chiefs; however, Nigerians in the diaspora believe the continuous retention of the security chiefs beyond the legislative provisions; portrays a negative view of a democratic leader and that is why we appeal to the democratic consciousness of the president to move beyond emotional attachment to the security chiefs and allow the affected Armed Forces succession plans to prevail.

“The leadership of Africa Security Forum is also calling on President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to establish a Presidential Security Council of Experts to advise The Presidency independently on security matters affecting the whole nation. The council of experts should include high profile Nigerians with the necessary pedigree in different fields of modern security necessary to tackle the menace of insecurity. 

“Whilst Nigeria Armed Forces could easily dismissed the America’s assertion that Al-Qaeda is repositioning themselves within the region and our national security could be adversely impacted; yet there is no doubt that Nigeria is not exhibiting the necessary leadership on security within the region. There is no record of any Nigerian soldier having practical experience of fighting Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Afghanistan or ISIS at the warfront of Syria; however, many Nigerians in the Diaspora have that security experience as part of the British, European and America forces – yet, no effort had been made by Nigeria Armed Forces or The Presidency to deploy the skills of the diaspora in the country’s war against terrorism.

“Nigerians in the Diaspora are the 7th sub-region of the federation with over 17 million outside the shores of Nigeria. We (Diaspora) want Mr President to demonstrate his belief in our skills and ability beyond Presidential tweet messages acknowledging our achievement in our host countries – to personal invitation for our input into National Development that goes beyond just remittances. Nigerians in the Diaspora want to be viewed beyond being the financial ATM of the nation!

“The leadership of Africa Security Forum is calling on Mr President to setup a National Tension Management Centre within The Presidency to monitor, disrupt and proactively manage security crisis across the nation. The armed bandit terrorising North-West Nigeria don’t travel from the moon neither does the ISWAP/Boko Haram members attacking villages in Northern Nigeria disappear into thin air!

“Nigeria War on Terror is everyone’s business and President Muhammadu Buhari should ensure that Nigerians can go bed with their two eyes shut on matters of safety and security across the nation… 

“Nigerians in the Diaspora are calling on The Presidency to improve security now! 

“Finally, we appreciate Mr President for keeping to his promise to establish the Diaspora Commission and providing as an avenue for us to add value but we (the diaspora) need to be involved in Nigeria’s security deliberation.”


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Based in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America, Simon leads a brilliant team of reporters, freelance journalists, analysts, researchers and contributors from around the world to run TODAY NEWS AFRICA as editor-in-chief. Simon Ateba's journalistic experience spans over 10 years and covers many beats, including business and investment, information technology, politics, diplomacy, human rights, science reporting and much more. Write him:


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Now



Amnesty International USA outraged over Trump’s decision to cut refugee cap to lowest level ever

Amnesty International USA has expressed outrage over the announcement by the Donald Trump administration late on Wednesday that it will admit...

Human Rights Watch warns Egypt security forces torturing gays

Egyptian police and National Security Agency officers arbitrarily arrest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and detain them in inhuman conditions,...

World leaders, celebrities to join WHO’s big event for mental health on October 10. About 1 billion people live with a mental disorder

On October 10, World Mental Health Day, world leaders and internationally-recognized celebrities and mental health advocates will come together for the World...

Trump admin will admit only 15,000 refugees in 2021 down from 18,000 this year and 100,000 under Obama

The Donald Trump administration announced late on Wednesday that it will admit only 15,000 refugees in the 2021 fiscal year which...

Rights groups urge President Tshisekedi to end widespread impunity in DR Congo as crimes and killings continue

At least two human rights organizations are urging President Felix Tshisekedi to take concrete steps to end impunity in the Democratic...


Damning report finds detainees in Iran were sexually abused and given electric shocks in gruesome post-protest crackdown

Iran’s police, intelligence and security forces, and prison officials have committed, with the complicity of judges and prosecutors, a catalogue of...

IMF has given $31 billion to 76 countries to respond to COVID-19, including over $10 billion to 47 low income nations

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given $31 billion in emergency financing to 76 countries in the world to respond to...

Nigeria could shut down on Monday as more unions pledge to join strike amid increase in power and petrol prices

Africa's most populous country, Nigeria, could shut down on Monday, as more unions pledge to join a strike action amid an...

Nigerian activists send open letter to President Buhari urging him to prosecute more than 100 high-profile corruption cases he has ignored

Nigerian activists have sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to prosecute more than 100 high-profile corruption cases...

Biden wins disastrous, embarrassing, worst presidential debate, as out of control Trump fails to change perceptions and refuses to condemn white supremacists

Joe Biden won the first presidential debate on Tuesday night amid countless interruptions by President Donald Trump who was supposed to...

Amnesty International USA outraged over Trump’s decision to cut refugee cap to lowest level ever

Amnesty International USA has expressed outrage over the announcement by the Donald Trump administration late on Wednesday that it will admit only 15,000 refugees in the 2021 fiscal year which starts today, October 1.That number is down from the 18,000 cap this year, and dramatically down from 100,000 under the Obama administration.“The number of...


[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]