Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari has called for new security strategies in the battle against Boko Haram, especially in the North East and North Central region of the country even as he condemned the recent attack by the sect on Kano and Yobe states where many people lost their lives.
A statement from the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisatin quoted General Buhar as commending the efforts and sacrifices of the nation’s counter-terrorism forces, but that there is the need for greater vigilance and new strategies.
General Buhari recognised the complexity of terrorism and its peculiar challenges but called for more and tougher strategies, adding that a situation where the criminals outsmart the system is disturbing.
He further advised the Federal Government to take proactive steps to stem the frequency with which the terrorists or suicide bombers penetrate security cordon and checkpoints with maximum ease and strike their targets with extreme cruelty.
The APC Presidential candidate said that it is concerned about the effects of frequent terrorists’ attacks on the psyche of the ordinary citizens, who may give in to despair that the government lacks the capacity to protect them.
General Buhari regretted the latest Yobe bomb blast which came on the eve of the first anniversary of the Buni Yadi terrorist attack which killed dozens of innocent students of a Federal Government College in their sleep.
The General commended the heroic exploits of the officers and men and women of the Armed Forces on their fight against the Boko Haram terrorists that have for several years made life a living hell for many Nigerians while creating the greatest security nightmare ever known by the country, since the end of the Civil war.
Buhari of expressed delight with the speed and efficiency with which several towns and villages in the North east region of the country, namely Baga, Konduga, Dikwa etc., hitherto overrun by the terrorists or under their control, have been liberated by the Nigerian troops.
According to him, it is refreshing to realize as patriotic Nigerians that indeed we have a military that can hold its own in combat and by so doing be an inspiration, and complement the efforts of friendly forces fighting alongside them.
“While we have noted the full display of professionalism and courage in combat exhibited by the gallant officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Armed forces, we also pay tribute to their allies from Cameroun, Chad and Niger who are fighting alongside them. Terrorism being the scourge of today’s world requires the collective effort and resolve of the international community and relevant regional forces to deal with.
“As we celebrate the triumph of our forces and look forward to the eventual weakening and possible annihilation of the terrorists from our territory and the sub-region, we urge the Armed forces to do more and ensure that territories already re-captured do not fall again to the terrorists and that reasonable security is provided to encourage the displaced population to return to their homelands.
“We want to use this opportunity to remind the entire rank and file of the Armed Forces that under an APC government to be headed by General Buhari, the Armed Forces as an institution would be encouraged and given all it requires to continue to excel and fulfil its Constitutional role of providing reliable and sound security for the nation.” [myad]