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‘Nigeria Losing War on Terror Due to Military’s Incompetence’–Security Forum

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Nigerians in Diaspora under the auspices of Africa Security Forum have lamented that the country is currently in the ‘jaw of insecurity’ and gradually losing the war on terror due to the incompetency of the Nigeria Armed Forces and other security services operating below global standard of security management.

The Forum described as worrying, the security crisis engulfing the nation from the edges of Lake Chad to villages in North-East Nigeria,the killing of innocent Nigerians in North-West Nigeria, the alarming growth of kidnapping at the gateway of Nigeria Federal Capital (Abuja).

The forum also decried the “undeniable slaughter of innocent Nigerians in Southern Kaduna tagged in some quarters as the ‘endangered Christian minority’ of Northern Nigeria”, noting that it is an issue of concern for the diasporas and friends of Nigeria.

The Forum noted that the cost of violence to Nigeria economy is an estimated $10 billion dollars, but regrets that the lack of leadership on security management is making a mockery of the nation with uncontrollable violence happening in jurisdictions declared to be under security curfew.

Temitope Olodo, President, Africa Security Forum on Nigeria, in a statement on Monday, therefore called on President, Muhammadu Buhari, to establish a Presidential Security Council of Experts and National Tension Management Centre to proactively manage security crisis “engulfing the nation!”

It also called on Buhari to establish a portal for Nigerians to provide their views on what type of security service they want in Nigeria and for the restructuring of Nigeria security infrastructure to be people driven.

“The leadership of Africa Security Forum is also calling on President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to establish a Presidential Security Council of Experts to advise The Presidency independently on security matters affecting the whole nation. The council of experts should include high profile Nigerians with the necessary pedigree in different fields of modern security necessary to tackle the menace of insecurity.

“Whilst Nigeria Armed Forces could easily dismissed the America’s assertion that Al-Qaeda is repositioning themselves within the region and our national security could be adversely impacted; yet there is no doubt that Nigeria is not exhibiting the necessary leadership on security within the region.

“There is no record of any Nigerian soldier having practical experience of fighting Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Afghanistan or ISIS at the warfront of Syria; however, many Nigerians in the Diaspora have that security experience as part of the British, European and America forces – yet, no effort had been made by Nigeria Armed Forces or The Presidency to deploy the skills of the diaspora in the country’s war against terrorism.

“Nigerians in the Diaspora are the 7th sub-region of the federation with over 17 million outside the shores of Nigeria. We (Diaspora) want Mr President to demonstrate his belief in our skills and ability beyond Presidential tweet messages acknowledging our achievement in our host countries – to personal invitation for our input into National Development that goes beyond just remittances. Nigerians in the Diaspora want to be viewed beyond being the financial ATM of the nation!

The Forum, while also calling on Buhari to setup a National Tension Management Centre within The Presidency to monitor, disrupt and proactively manage security crisis across the nation, urged the president to replace his service chiefs.

“Nigerians in the diaspora believe the continuous retention of the security chiefs beyond the legislative provisions; portrays a negative view of a democratic leader and that is why we appeal to the democratic consciousness of the president to move beyond emotional attachment to the security chiefs and allow the affected Armed Forces succession plans to prevail.”

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