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Badeh: Group seeks foreign support to help Nigeria tackle ‘rising’ insecurity

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A pan-Igbo group, Nzuko Umunna on Thursday said it received with shock and dismay the killing of Nigeria’s former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

The group while sympathizing with Badeh’s immediate family, the Armed Forces, government and people of Nigeria, noted that the Federal Government has lost it’s capacity to protect lives and properties.

The this end, the group in a statement by its Cordinator, Ngozi Odumuko, called on foreign governments and agencies to come to Nigeria’s aid in resolving its security crises.

‘We note the increasing loss of faith by many Nigerians in the capacity of the Federal Government to protect lives and property, this being the core reason for the existence of governments.

“We call on foreign governments and agencies to note the rising level of insecurity in Nigeria, and to assist the country in resolving its security crises.” The group said.

The group also recalled President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to security agencies to leave no stone unturned in finding the perpetrators of this heinous act and swiftly bringing them to justice.

However, “this is one directive that must not be seen as mere rhetoric; it must be acted upon – and in a timely manner, too. This is moreso when eyebrows are being raised that some military top brass who dealt Boko Haram a deathly blow are being targeted for elimination.” The group warned.

The group however raised alarm over the rising incidents of high profile military personnel murdered in “suspicious” circumstances saying the trend gives credence to the speculation that military top brass are being targeted.

The statement read in part, “It is recalled that Rear Admiral Daniel Ikoli, former Fleet Commander of Western Naval Command as well as Major Gen. Idris Alkali, Chief of Administration, Army Headquarters have been killed in quick succession and under suspicious circumstances.

“Also, it has been suggested that the security agencies may have glossed over a security breach last November at Badeh’s Abuja residence. Even more curious is that such a former military top brass had zero security cover while travelling on a notoriously hazardous road.

“These incidents tend to give credence to the speculation that these military top brass are being targeted, thus the need for the Federal Government to give special protection to the surviving military chiefs such as Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika among others.

“With the 2019 Elections barely two months away, it is imperative that the Federal Government rejigs its security apparatus to reassure the citizens and secure the ballot. This is a pressing duty the government must not shirk.”

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