Insecurity: Nigerians no more believe FG can secure them, may resort to self help – Monguno

The federal government has affirmed that Nigerians are scared and worried about the worsening insecurity in the land.

Addressing reporters in Abuja on Thursday after the National Security Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (retd), said Nigerians had lost confidence in the government.

He noted that fighting asymmetric conflict is a collective effort, not something that should be confined to only the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

“When we keep saying whole of society approach, whole of government approach, to get a whole of nation approach, what it means is that everybody has to partake in this enterprise. The truth is that no country can ever overcome the difficulties of an asymmetric conflict by virtue of the fact that the enemy of the state is embedded within the population within the wider society.

“It’s true that the local people are averse, they’re scared, they’re worried and there’s no confidence. That is understandable. But without their support, without the cooperation in terms of giving information, it makes it very hard for the operational elements.

The NSA said the Security Council was working on new strategies to tackle the insecurity.

He said council was in the process of winding up special investigation on Kuje Correctional Centre attack to hold those found negligent accountable for their actions.

The NSA urged the politicians to take into account the consequences of their utterances which might have wider society; and the media, to be circumspect in what they published from terrorists.

“A few days ago, troops of the guards brigade were ambushed and decimated. Had there been a collective effort by way of just snippets of information we might have averted that incident. That’s not to say the responsibility is for those outside the security domain. It’s a collective responsibility.”

According to Monguno, Nigeria is in a very difficult situation. “And Council understands. Mr. President understands people’s concerns about the growing insecurity. But I can assure you that there’s no straight cut and dried method of dealing with this thing unless all of us embrace each other.

“I know people are wary, people are tired people are beginning to gravitate to other places for self-help. The truth is that help is rooted in everyone working for the other person.”


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