A Nation Under Siege

A Nation Under Siege
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In spite of sustained government efforts and budgetary appropriations, the security situation in Nigeria has continued deteriorating. Indeed, the lingering so-called conflict between herders and farmers in the North-central Nigeria has been rated six times deadlier than the Boko Haram insurgency which the Buhari administration inherited.

The abductions of schoolboys in Kankara community, Katsina state, Niger, Zamfara, and most recently in Kaduna states are more examples of the deplorable state of security in the country. Notably, the unprecedented increase in violent attacks is defying the sustained narrative among promoters of the government’s claim that the North-west and the rest of the regions in the country are relatively peaceful compared to the North-east, where the Boko Haram terrorists have held sway in increasing dimension.

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The rising insecurity in the North-west, vicious attacks on local communities and kidnapping of people by criminal groups in the same sub- region is being described by state officials as banditry. However, further evidence suggests that the government is simplifying the dynamics. In actuality, the sub-region has become the safe haven for active terrorist groups, including the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS); Jama’at Nusrat al Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM); Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb; a splinter group of Boko Haram popularly referred to as the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP); and the Fulani herdsmen of West Africa once rated the fourth-deadliest terror group in the world.

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Amid deteriorating security across the country, caused by Boko Haram, bandits and other terrorists, President Muhammadu Buhari Friday convened a meeting of the National Security Council at the State House, Abuja, to fashion out new strategies to stem the tide of killings by non state actors.

The meeting is coming less than 24 hours after Boko Haram intensified its assault on the country by attacking Kanamma, headquarters of Yunusari Local Government Council of Yobe State, barely a week after it invaded Geidam, Yobe State and displaced over 6,000 residents along with overrunning the Kumuya military base as well as destroying and carting away of military hardware.

It also emerged on Friday that 323 persons had been killed while 949 others were kidnapped by bandits in the last three months across Kaduna State.

AljazirahNigeria commends the latest resolve of President Buhari which was expressed by his National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd), who spoke with the media after the meeting, stressing his readiness to decisively end all forms of security challenges facing the nation.

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The NSA also stated that the Council would reconvene next Tuesday to conclude all discussions on how to end the security assault on the country.

According to Monguno, while the criminals continue to test the will of the Nigerian government, the President and the Council, which adjourned today’s critical meeting until Tuesday morning to receive further briefings from the Security Chiefs, are set and determined to decisively end the assault on the nation and will do all that it takes.

He emphasised the readiness of the President to take profound measures in the wider interest of the people and the Nigerian nation, adding that: “There shall be no relenting until peace and security is significantly restored in our communities”.

He said: “At today’s meeting, the President made it abundantly clear that while the insurgents, bandits and criminals are still at it, he has no doubt that the security agencies and all of us in this nation will certainly overcome all the current security problems and defeat the forces of evil marauding about in different parts of the country.

Meanwhile, Boko Haram intensified their assault on the country by attacking Kanamma, headquarters of Yunusari Local Government of Yobe State, barely a week after they invaded Geidam and displaced over 6,000 residents.

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Spokesman of the Yobe State Police Command, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim confirmed the attack.

According to Abdulkarim: “Boko Haram insurgents attacked an outskirt of Kanamma on Thursday night; unfortunately, we have lost contact with our people due to the absence of a mobile network in the area. We will update you when we reach out to them”.

A local source further revealed that upon hearing gunshots around the military base, the residents fled to the bush for safety.

AljazirahNigeria urges the Federal Government and all other stakeholders to actually match words with action as many believe that for the lack of a sincere political will, Nigeria would have since crushed the various levels of insecurity, hence Nigerians from all walks of life have become weary of what appears to be a mere lip service by the Federal Government to crush the insurgency by putting paid to repeated warnings and convening of security meetings which are all geared towards actually doing so.

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