Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Monday raised the alarm that soldiers are now being attacked by bandits in the northwest zone.
Acccording to him, the bandits are becoming bolder; as they attack military camps and ambush those on patrol
El-Rufai why lamenting the killings of soldiers on duty, praised the gallantry of the Armed Forces,
El-Rufai said this when the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd), led newly appointed Service Chiefs to meet with stakeholders I. The region. .
He urged the Federal Government to recruit more security personnel and strengthen them with better equipment,
El-Rufai said: ”Daily, the armed forces and security agencies are losing lives. The bandits are becoming bolder. They even attack military camps and ambush those on patrol. Lives are being lost. We pray for the repose of the deceased.”
At the meeting were: Governors of Plateau and Chairman, Northern States Governors’ Forum, Simon Lalong, El-Rufai, Bello Mohammed Mattawale (Zamfara), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa and Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina).
Also at the meeting was the Emir of Zazzau, Ambaßador Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, and Islamic scholar Ahmad Gumi.
Munguno said: “President Muhammadu Buhari is very worried about what is going on. The loss of innocent lives ongoing in the Northwest and Northeast is troubling to all of us and he is committed to bringing an end to the terrible situation. He wants to bring it to a legitimate end.
“It is true that security is primary responsibility of government. It is a fundamental responsibility of government. That is why we took the bull by the horn to deal with threats, emergent threats seen and unseen. Conflict in the 21st century is different from what we had in the last century. So, we need to work together with security chiefs to address it.
“I don’t want to believe that we cannot put an end to insecurity in this country, perhaps we don’t have the will to do that. President Buhari is committed and determined in the vigorous pursuit to bring an end to insecurity in the country and that would happen. But there is need for all of us in the community to work together to deal with this issue.
“I know there are people outside working against government and security agencies to achieve security that would also be brought to an end.
“Lots of lives have been lost but the issue of us converging as a nation to deal with our problem is important as our greatest strength lies in our diversity. We have lots of people who have been engaging to undermine security in Nigeria.
He added:”There are people who believe that there is no hope again, that we cannot do it, that we have reached a dead end. I say it is not the end of time. So, we have to pull ourselves by the boot strap to re-energise the society and find solution to the challenge.”