As reactions continue to trail last Sunday’s terrorists’ attack on troops of Presidential Guards Brigade in Bwari, near Abuja, killing over eight soldiers, a support group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded immediate sack of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.).
The APC support group, operating under the body, APC Justice and Unity Forum (APC JUF), also tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately rejig the entire security architecture to pave way for fresh hands and ideas on handling the nation’s worsening insecurity…Continue Reading
In a statement on Wednesday, signed by its National President, Dr Muhammadu Kabiru, the Forum said “it was not only shameful and disgraceful, but also embarrassing” that the terrorists could have their way in launching deadly attack on troops of the elite Presidential Guards Brigade right in the nation’s Federal Capital City, few hours after boasting that it would soon abduct President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State.
It also drew attention to the continuous holding of passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna bound train without government’s visible efforts at securing the release of the hostages almost four months after the incident, blaming the NSA for this.
According to the group, the abysmal failure of the NSA to take measures towards the rescue of the hostages over three months, showed he is not in control of the nation’s security affairs.
Kabiru explained in the statement that his group’s position was the fallout of meeting it earlier held in Abuja, to review the state of the nation, especially as it relates to security of lives and property in the country at the moment.
“Given the antecedents of the terrorists which we as laymen in the security circle have already known, those saddled with securing this could would have known better that the terrorists meant business and would have strengthened intelligence to prevent what happened.
“These bold and daring activities of the terrorists in Abuja and other areas across the country without prior knowledge of our security services have shown that our intelligence failure is at its lowest ebb and given this situation, we think the best thing for the president to do at this moment is to relieve the NSA of his position and try another security expert with fresh ideas,” the group said.
The group which urged the president to consider another person for the Office of the NSA on merit, commitment and track record and not on ethnic or religious backgrounds, noted that the country had deteriorated in its security management under Monguno.
To avert further collapse, the Forum, therefore, urged President Buhari to dismiss Monguno and appoint someone with the needed capacity, competence and courage to put the nation’s security architecture on the right path.
It reminded President Buhari that his pledge to tackle insecurity was part of the reasons Nigerians voted for him and it is a travesty that a mere appointee of his has made him look this bad before the nation.