Nigerians Express Fear Over Insecurity As Presidency And Senate Go Head-to-head Over Impeachment
Angry senators in the opposition party gave President Muhammadu Buhari a six-week ultimatum to address the insecurity plaguing Nigeria or face impeachment proceedings.
Naija News reports that sequel to the ultimatum, suspected terrorists on Sunday attacked the elite Presidential Guards Brigade along the Bwari-Kubwa road in which a captain, lieutenant and six soldiers were killed.
Following this development, the security forces Tuesday deployed troops and policemen in strategic locations in the FCT, including helicopters and drones.
Also on Tuesday night, there were reports of sporadic shootings at Dantata Bridge, Airport road and Ministers’ Hill, Maitama, sparking panic among residents.
A leaked memo from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps which has now being debunked alleged that Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists were preparing to attack the president’s home state Katsina, the FCT, Lagos, Kaduna, and Zamfara States.
This developments and other insecurity situations occuring in the country led to the ultimatum.
Reacting to the ultimatum, the presidency, through a statement by its spokesperson called the bluff of the senators, advising them to put their time into more productive endeavors.
Residents Worried Over Threatened Attacks
Speaking in an interview with Punch, Nigerians have expressed worry over the purported attack on the said states
Resident of a popular private estate at Gwarimpa, Charles Kufre, said he was worried about the insecurity in the FCT.
He said, ‘’The terrorists have occupied the streets of Abuja and we are still playing politics instead of us to shout out. They have issued a threat and those guys would carry out their threats; we have seen this in the past. If they can attack Kuje Medium Custodial Centre, it is only God that can prevent further attacks.”
A Kuje resident, Joshua Friday, said it was worrisome that the nation’s capital which used to be safe had been infiltrated by criminals.
“The entire security situation in the FCT calls for concern. What it means is that Abuja that we used to think is the safest place in the country has been breached. Take a look at these attacks that have happened of recent for yourself,’’ he noted.
A worried resident of Lugbe , Balarabe Musa said, “Since Monday, I have hardly slept. You don’t know where the attack is coming from. Life has not been the same. We cannot move around the way we used to. The most painful thing is that our leaders will not admit it.”
An ice cream store owner in the area, who spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity, said her safety was in God’s hands, adding that she closed her store at 10pm, and felt safe enough to walk home, regardless of the security situation.