The United Political Parties for Good Governance (UPPG), an umbrella organization of some registered political parties in Nigeria, expressed worries over the spate of insecurity across the country as the 2023 election approaches.
According to the group, the worsening insecurity situation raises concerns and doubt in the mind of many about the future unity and survival of a corporate Nigeria.
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The National Secretary of the United Political Parties for Good Governance, UPPG , Hon. Ahmed Tijjani Mustapha who is also the Deputy National Chairman, All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP) made the comment in Kaduna.
Mustapha noted a recent statement by Senator Ali Ndume where the lawmaker said Nigerian troops lacked equipment and operational funds to tackle the multifarious security challenges, calling on the government to probe money released for the purchase of arms for the military and for other war purposes, since the beginning of the crisis in 2008.
He said the primary essence of government is to ensure security of life and property of citizens but in the present Nigeria where no part of the country subsists without one form of security challenge or the other, ” government should rise to the occasion and restore order particularly now that people are regrouping and perfecting strategies ahead of the 2023 coming elections.
According to him, the military should see reason and adopt attack techniques on the fight with the insurgents in the Northeast and with bandits in the Northwestern States.
“We may not be military experts but for you to remain stationary, waiting to be attacked or kidnapped before you respond, I think that strategy should be reviewed. We would advise that our troops should confront the renegades, chase them into the bushes they occupy and smoke them out ” he said.
He further advised that the country’s borders should be fortified to stop infiltration and the smuggling of arms and other dangerous equipment into the Nigerian territory.
He said the government should ensure that troops are motivated and state governors be monitored on how they properly utilize the security vote.
While commiserating with the families and loved ones of kidnapped students in Kaduna and other states, Hon. Mustapha called on Nigerians to tone down rhetoric and stop mixing security issues with politics, pointing out that all hands must be on deck in the fight against terror .