The Northern Ethnic Group Assembly (NEYGA) has blamed the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, for the gruesome murder of 23 travellers in Sokoto State.
Naija News reports that bandit terrorists on Monday attacked the passengers in Gidan Bawa village in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of the state.
The travellers, who were ambushed and burnt to death by the gunmen, were buried on Wednesday.
In a statement released on Thursday by its spokesman, Ibrahim Dan-Musa, the group condemned the murder of the victims, saying that bandit terrorists have turned the country into a killing field.
The NEYGA spokesman also asked Nigerians to hold Monguno responsible for the tragic incident for failing to advise President Muhammadu Buhari on how the criminals can be neutralised.
Dan-Musa said the nation’s security apparatus under Monguno appears to be overwhelmed with bandit terrorists killing Nigerians and extorting communities through the imposition of levies.
The NEYGA spokesman alleged that Monguno is only interested in protecting his job and acquiring properties rather than doing his job as the National Security Adviser.
The statement reads: “The body language of Mr. Monguno shows that he is only interested in power and more power and acquisitions of properties instead of intelligent gathering”.
“Virtually all parts of Nigeria are currently battling with one form of insecurity or the other with various crimes going on, largely unabated.
“Despite attempts by Muhammadu Buhari led administration to curb the rising criminalities and killings across the country, the nation’s security apparatus under Monguno appears to be overwhelmed with criminals maiming and extorting their victims.”
“Under Monguno, Nigeria police force is poorly funded and motivated, and the military, which is fighting a decade-long insurgency in the North-East, appears to be at the end of their wits on how to curtail the downward spiral in security”.
“Swathes of the North-West have virtually been taken over by rampaging bandits who kidnap for ransom and kill victims who cannot pay for their freedom.
“The North-Central is not free from the deadly assaults by these bandits, and kidnap gangs who now operate freely in parts of Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa are making it into the Federal Capital Territory.
“The North-East is yet to experience peace as Boko Haram insurgents are in a deadly battle of supremacy daily with the nation’s military in a bid to carve out an Islamic state.
“Now largely ‘degraded’ as stated by federal officials, and focusing more on soft targets and solitary military formations, the insurgents still carry out attacks in a bid to terrorise the numerous communities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.”
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