The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, has disclosed that the Federal Government is doing everything within its powers to tackle insecurity in the country.
Enang stated this on Friday in Abuja, when he hosted members of the students of the Nigerian Law School.
With regards to the Plateau attacks and killings, Enang said “What is happening now is not just ethnic or inter ethnic conflicts, it is pure terrorism.
“This terrorism is not caused within but without,” he said.
He attributed the influx of terrorist into the country to the policy of the ECOWAS Free Movement Protocol, a policy that allowed every person in every country in Africa to have free movement from in and out of any country.
“They come in with arms. Whenever there is war or the collapse of any nation state, you will have a collateral effect.
“We are suffering not from ethnic problems, internal to Nigeria, but from the effects of the collapse of neighbouring countries like Libya and Mali.
“Under that protocol, you are to allow them so long as they are Africans.
“Our survival, unity and security of citizens are threatened as a country by this free movement and those who come in with evil intention,”
He added that the protocol is been reviewed to restrict and reduce the effect of persons coming in to do havoc.
“This is because your country must be safe before you can be a member of the regional body.”
According to NAN, Enang further said government was doing a lot to ensure that the security of the country by disallowing the insurgents from going beyond the Middle-Belt to the South.
He admonished the students that things would soon work out fine in the country. he further asked them to be optimistic and hopeful about the country.
“I urge you to come out and get involved in active politics and support the Federal Government, because this administration means well for the country.”
The representative of the students, Mr Victor James, commended the efforts of government so far in the fight against terrorism.