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Buhari’s repeated directives to army to confront terrorists not backed by action

Afenifere, a pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives to the Nigerian Army to take firm action against insurgents is not backed by action.

This was said by the group on Sunday in a statement that was signed by Afenifere’s national publicity secretary, Jare Ajayi.

According to Afenifere, if the government had done its duty to secure the country’s borders, the insurgency ought to have been decisively dealt with.

“President Buhari’s directive to the army to battle terrorists and insurgents and wipe them off the face of the earth” is a repetition of a command that has been issued so frequently that it lacks substance because it was not supported by the requisite resources, according to the statement.

“If the government had upheld its obligations, the insurgency shouldn’t have started in the first place at all. The terrorists’ growth to the point of occupying areas in various states in the northern half of the country was caused by the kid-glove treatment given to them from the start.

“While we appreciate the president’s commitment to providing the troops with the necessary support, we see that this has been stated often without being backed up by action.

It is known that military personnel have occasionally lamented that they lack the firepower that terrorists had, which they were expected to fight and defeat.

According to Afenifere, pressure on the federal government will continue until security is increased.

The group continued, “The position that Afenifere has always pushed on security, namely: state and community policing system must be permitted with all necessary powers, while the national security agencies are equipped, motivated, and mobilized adequately in a manner that would make them tower above the enemies they are supposed to confront.

SourceThe Cable
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