For the umpteenth time, a call has gone to the President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig his national security strategy to be able to combat the suffocating and heightening insecurity enveloping all of Nigeria just as the government has been told to address the security challenges pragmatically or it will be known by all that the government is plotting to destabilise the year 2023 polls to frustrate a transfer of power to the South of Nigeria.
Making the observations is the leading civil rights advocacy group- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) which carpeted the Inspector General of Police Alhaji Usman Alkali Baba over his hypocritical touring of the flashpoints of the bombardments against Nigerians by terrorists which is the Abuja/Kaduna highway and the site of the bombed packed Abuja to Kaduna train. Similar visits were made by the Chief of Army Staff and other service chiefs which the Rights group described as mere empty exhibitionist tendencies and a show of public hypocrisy.
Besides, HURIWA has kicked against the threat by the Kaduna State governor Malam Nassir El-Rufai that he will bring in foreign mercenaries to fight the terrorists terrorising Nigerians if the Federal Government fails to end the threats of terrorism soon.
The Rights group has demanded from the Kaduna State governor to explain to Nigerians his confession in 2016 that he paid some foreign mercenaries to stop killing Southern Kaduna people and to also respond to the reported revelation by former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress Alhaji Kawu Baraje that the APC imported foreign mercenaries to help it prosecute the 2015 poll.
“Nigerians deserve to know who were the foreign Fulani fighters that the newspaper quoted governor El-Rufai in 2016 of settling with cash compensation to stop the attacks in Southern Kaduna because from the recent statement of the embattled governor of Kaduna State, he knows a lot more about these foreign mercenaries than he has disclosed publicly for him to stoutly threatened to import foreign mercenaries.
“Nigerians need to also know the truth on those foreign Fulani fighters from Chad, Central African Republic and Niger that APC imported to prosecute the 2015 election as alleged by someone who was a high ranking chieftain of APC Alhaji Kawu Baraje. This body of preliminary information are key to resolving the current crises of terrorism in the North West”.
HURIWA has therefore rejected the idea of importing foreign mercenaries by the North West governors because these mercenaries would be used to prosecute the 2023 election and to frustrate the transfer of power to the South and to continue the genocide against Northern Christians.
Speaking on the poverty of a clearly stated national security strategy, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) said the failure of the security agencies to harmonise and activate mechanisms to deploy high valued intelligence to prevent terrorists from attacking Nigerians rather than not take any preemptive action to stop the terrorists before they attack but after they have killed Nigerians in their numbers we then start seeing the Inspector General of Police, the other service chiefs start trooping to the crime scenes like tourists to be able to book a photo opportunity with the media and that is all.
HURIWA said the Armed Forces and Police must synergise and harmonise their intelligence gathering capacities and jointly take preemptive mechanisms to stop terrorists in their tracks before they strike just as the Rights group said the Inspector General of Police and the other service chiefs should spare Nigerians of this shameful exhibitionism of trooping to see crime victims or crime scenes but to work to implement effective and efficient security strategy that will defeat terrorists from their planning stages as are done by security agencies in most Western and civilised countries of the World.
HURIWA recalled that the Police Inspector-General Usman Alkali Baba, accompanied by other top police officers, on Saturday patrolled the entire 163km stretch of the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway for hands-on assessment of the security challenges.
HURIWA recalled that the IGP reportedly also supervised the deployment of officers from the police tactical squads to ensure the safety of travellers along the route, the Force Public Relations Office said on Twitter.
HURIWA recalled the police as saying thus: “In the course of the patrol, the IGP mapped out some salient and strategic points along the express which were immediately fortified with the deployment of operatives drawn from the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Forces (SF), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Special Tactical Squad (STS), as well as air wing operatives in charge of unmanned aerial vehicles of the Nigeria Police Force.”
The Rights group condemned what it called reducing the serious job of policing Nigerians and Nigeria to a comic relief by the holder of the office of the Inspector General of Police just as the Rights group demanded to know from the Police chief whether the department of Criminal Intelligence gathering in the Nigeria Police no longer exists to such an extent that most crimes happen before the police will spring up to their clay feet that is if the eye of the politicians are focused on that specific crime scene.
HURIWA has also endorsed the fact that the North West states are not likely to have their way regarding their plan to procure the services of mercenaries in the fight against terrorism given that the federal government is reportedly opposed to the deployment of mercenaries in the country.
The Rights group said the governors of the North West who were very much around when terrorists from amongst the Fulani ethnicity started stockpiling arms and ammunition and they did nothing to stop the arms build-up and the formation of the armed Fulani insurgency that has turned the North West to Afghanistan, can’t be trusted to import foreign mercenaries to fight the same local war agents they allowed to be incubated under their watchful eyes.
HURIWA recalled that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, who dropped the hint of the plan to hire mercenaries during a visit to the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday, had followed up with a meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor over the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train which led to the death of eight people.