By Peter Usman//:
Action Democratic Party, ADP has said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari appeared incapable of salvaging the present security situation in the country.
The National Chairman of ADP, Engr. Yabagi Yusuf Sani stated this during a World Press Conference at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
The ADP national chairman said that the Buhari administration is confused and overwhelmed by the new strategies designed by the insurgency, saying that instead of government to profile solutions that would save the country from the ongoing predicament; they engaged themselves in despicable propaganda.
Sani asserted that while members of the Boko Haram were busy causing havoc, killing innocent Nigerians, the menace of armed banditry, especially in the North-West and North-central zones, are daily assuming more catastrophic dimensions.
“In spite of the propaganda by the immediate past chieftains of the military to the contrary, Boko Haram appears today to have become more dangerous, more potent and audacious in their operations than they ever were. Even though it has stopped its earlier known trademark of suicide bombings, it seems that the terrorists have merely changed tactics to the more devastating and brazen option of targeting communities, military personnel, their fortresses, facilities and other related installations.
“Barely weeks after the abductions of an unprecedented number of students at the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State, the nation was greeted with a re-enactment at the Government College, Kagara, Niger State and at the Government Girls’ Science Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, where scores of students were also herded into the bush as hostages.
Beside the emerging penchant of invading educational institutions, the criminal merchants of death have of recent increased the tempo of their blood cuddling ‘trade’ of killing hundreds of hapless villagers, burning of their homes in several communities across Kaduna, Kastina, Niger and even in the Federal Capital Territory under the very nose of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Service Chiefs” he said.
Considering the emerging trend, ADP national chairman said that, if utmost care is not taken the ugly situation, there may be similar reprisal to other parts of the country, which may lead to anarchy.
Sani noted that to enhance the operational capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces, especially, the Army, the ADP reiterates its recommendation for a massive recruitment to boost the undermanned and overstretched strategic institution that has the mandate to safeguarding the territorial integrity of the country.
“By the way, we like all others to ponder over the puzzle that, while the Nigerian Army alone has an estimated strength of 300,000 trained officers and men, the ragtag Boko Haram fighters and the bandits combined, are said to be less than 20,000. So, what is happening?” he queried.
Speaking on the on the banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes across the country, ADP national chairman said that the time has come for the nation to consider the involvement of communities in security surveillance and policing such as the use of hunters and local vigilantes that have proved to be rewarding in many instances of their engagements.
On restructuring, he said, “the party aligns with the clamour for the decentralization of the Nigerian Police Force with States and Local Councils having their police formations as it obtains in most countries of the modern world.
“Now that the National Assembly has embarked on another effort at constitutional amendment, the ADP calls on the lawmakers to consider amending relevant sections of the law on the police to make for the decentralization of the Force. This is borne out of our conviction that certain forms of crimes are more effectively controlled from the community level due to the advantage of knowledge of their environments.”