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”
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“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.”