…says army performance unimpressive
From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna Worried by the insecurity in North-East, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of extreme urgency, investigate and unravel the actual reason for the failure of the military to live up to their past performance in tackling insurgency in the country. According to the group, the effort of the military and other security agencies in the fight against insurgents in the country is not yielding any result. Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) disclosed this after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Kaduna. The socio-cultural group further charged the military and federal government to ensure they recapture all territorial areas under the insurgents in part of North-East. In a statement, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim made available to newsmen in the state, the group said the NEC meeting was well attended by members from all the 19 Northern states and chapters from the South and was chaired by Alhaji IGP Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie (Sardaunan Katsina). “The meeting expressed deep concern about the rapid escalation of the security challenges in the North-East, particularly the capture of large portion of the territories of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states by the Boko Haram insurgents despite the state of emergency and the heavy presence of the military. “Reports indicate that the Boko Haram insurgency appears to be on an unstoppable advance to overrun more territories of Nigeria. Our military effort to checkmate the advance of the insurgents in their quest to conquer more parts of Nigeria, especially in the North-East is not yielding the desired result. “The performance of the military and other security agencies in combating the insurgency is therefore unimpressive, considering the past performance of our military and the Police in peace keeping operations outside the country, like in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan etc and recently Mali. Why is our military now failing to quell such a rebellion by a band of insurgents? “ACF calls on the Federal Government to, as a matter of extreme urgency, investigate and unravel the actual reason for the failure of the military to live up to their past performance. “ACF urges Federal Government to quickly take all necessary measures to reclaim the territories captured by the insurgents and restore the territorial integrity of Nigeria,” the statement read.