President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to, without any further delay, sack his National Security Adviser, NSA, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd).
HURIWA, in a statement signed by Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, its National Coordinator, expressed disappointment and sadness with the increasing spate and sophistication of coordinated attacks by unknown gunmen in Imo State and terrorists in North West.
The group’s reaction followed the weekend’s temporary take over of the Kaduna International Airport by over 200 well-armed terrorists and the attack in the wee hours of Monday 28th March 2022 in Obowo police formation in Imo State in which two police operatives were seriously injured.
The rights group wonders whether the President is waiting for the terrorists to launch a daring invasion of the National Assembly complex within the three arms zone of Abuja before he would realise that he has no effective National Security Adviser and Minister of Defence.
HURIWA, therefore, appealed to Buhari to take urgent action because the terrorists are becoming even more daring and emboldened because they feel they have nothing to fear.
HURIWA blames what it calls the dysfunctionality of the National defence strategy and the non-workability of any sort of national security strategy put forward by Monguno and Magashi for the upsurge in terror attacks.
The group wants the President “to immediately rejig his national defence strategy by appointing serving senior military Generals as Minister of Defence and NSA.”
The human rights advocacy group pointed out that “the appointments of very senior and experienced military officers who are currently abreast with the global best practices and the 21st-century compliant innovative ideas to beat back the attacks of terrorists and the so-called unknown gunmen are exactly the expertise the country needs to navigate successfully away from terrorist attacks.”
The rights group also called on the Federal Government to probe the security services in states whereby terrorists are having a field day to ascertain whether these inefficient security heads are working with armed non-state actors in the South East and North West.