By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Following an interview granted the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) by the National Security Adviser (NSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari, General Mohammed Babagana Monguno (rtd), alleging missing arms fund, Northern Nigerian Professionals Forum (NONIP) has tasked him to apologise to Nigerians over what they termed unpatriotic and unprofessional outburst or quietly resign.
This was contained in the text of statement signed by NONIP’s Zonal Publicity Secretary, Dr. Adamu Aliyu Babba, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday.
“The resolutions of the Members of Northern Nigerian Professionals Forum (NONIP) after their emergency national executive session No: 26 held in Kaduna, Northwest-Nigeria on the issues of National Security as it affects the survival of Northern Nigeria especially, North-West on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
“Our stand on the utterances of National Security Adviser to President on the alleged misplacement and controversial supply of $1billion scandal of arms by the past Service Chiefs is totally condemnable and unfortunate.
“We see his comment as unprofessional, it lacks clear leadership openness, responsibility and decorum.
“The NSA must accept his failure and lack of openness to other stakeholders in bringing result out of the constant challenges of insecurity that is bedeviling every section of our country, with Northern Nigeria suffering most.
“As a professional body, we see such BBC Hausa interview in the first place as uncalled for, very harmful to the success of the operations against terror, banditry and insecurity across the country; the interview has exposed the weakness of our country’s intelligence gathering and sharing under his office.
“We observed that, the interview has not only damaged our spirit of encouragement but made to understand, there were reported escalation of attacks and kidnapping across the North which may be translated to ardently affect motivation and encouragement of many of our soldiers in the field of battle.
“However, we urge the NSA to urgently come out and seek forgiveness and apologize to Nigerians; then open a corridor of synergy by seeking authentic intelligence from other stakeholders that include affected governors of such troubled states; traditional and community leaders who have a clear first hand background information than all those feeding him with different views on the continued challenges facing the North, it is better than proportioning blames or accusations against particular individuals seen as adversaries,” the group said.
It explained that such action will surely, by now, douse the hitherto tension generated as a result of alleged views aired that are so harmful and capable of creating misunderstanding, disrepute against the personality of the past Service Chiefs, their families and dangerous to the success of other security operations across our nation.
“We read with surprise that he was misquoted out of context which to us, is weak and unreasonable because at first, nobody forced him to grant such interviews, without clarification or taking into cognizance his position as a keeper of Nigerian security apparatus and coordinating head.
“We are pleased and appreciative of the continuous efforts, sacrifices and commitment of governors of Zamfara and Sokoto states by their concern and engaging a corridor of contact, atmosphere of ensuring peaceful coexistence, understanding and synergy with security heads and other stakeholders towards ensuring that lives and property of their people are secured and given necessary attention than resorting in going to funerals or sympathy visits on the victim families as hitherto experienced in the past.
“Their commitment for bringing relative peace atmosphere, provision of logistics support and synergy with security in their states despite harsh reactions and attacks by some hired unscrupulous individuals is commendable.
“We are in support of their initiative by encouraging dialogue and amnesty with those bandits that are genuinely committed to surrender or lay their weapons; we also encouraged them to continue with their effort of support and sustaining community policing to reduce the menace of such banditry, kidnapping and other crimes activities in the region.
“We resolved to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare that our nation is in total war with Boko Haram, bandits and kidnappers in order to put all the necessary apparatus of our security and attention to such challenges; we need to remind Mr President that, securing lives and properties of people is much more important than commiserating or sympathy visits to victims of the families.
“Every region of the country has a major peculiar challenge of insecurity bedeviling its people, nowhere is safe and our stand to unite with the Federal government, security agencies is the only solution to bring an end to such challenges.
“We appreciate the role of the new Service Chiefs by initiating a visit to some of the trouble areas aimed at ascertaining the level of challenges and complaints from the officers at battle grounds in order to boost their morale and ensure protection of lives and properties of Nigerians.
“We also commend President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision of the extension of tenure given to the Inspector General of Police to give him all the necessary impetus of laying a lasting foundation for the successful security network in policing our affairs in the country.
“Our people in the North should stop playing politics on the issue of security or showing partisan as indicated on handling of security issues in Zamfara and Katsina.
“Whatever affects any of the states in particular about challenges of insecurity will surely overlap to other neighbouring states.
“Therefore, those castigating or attacking governors of Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna of negligence should understand that, issue of security is a responsibility of every citizen. We must stand together and support them to win this battle by enemies of our common good.”