By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday, advised security forces to collaborate and take the war to the terrorists to recover the ungoverned forests that they occupy.
The Governor stated this in his remarks at the National Town Hall Meeting, with a theme, “Setting Benchmarks For Enhanced Security And National Unity In Nigeria” which was held at the Kaduna State University, in Kaduna.
The governor further said that, ‘’the situation in which security agencies mostly only react to cases of banditry and abduction is unacceptable.’
‘’We are in a war with these terrorists who are challenging the sovereignty and monopoly of the instruments of coercion of the Nigerian state and its territory.’
He argued that taking the battle to the terrorists ‘’will not only cripple the outlaws, but will also reassure ordinary citizens, bolster the morale of security agencies and provide an alternative focus for the energies that are being dissipated on fractious endeavours.
‘’There is no other way to approach the current insurgency situation today as far as governmental action is concerned,’’ he argued.
Speaking further, he said, ‘’These bandits have lost their right to life under our Constitution and must be wiped out in their entirety. There is no other way to approach the current insurgency situation today as far as governmental action is concerned,’’ he added.
el-Rufai lamented that the national level security response to challenges of terrorists has been uncoordinated and ineffective.
According to him, ‘’none of the military services nor other security agencies has been suitably expanded in numbers and equipment for over a decade since the insurgency in the North-East pushed things to a new low.
‘’This country does not have enough soldiers, uniformed police and secret police to project state power across its vast swathes, particularly the forests.
‘’The limited number of boots on the ground are not well equipped and are significantly lacking in the technology that can make their limited numbers matter a lot,’’ he pointed out.
The governor expressed hopes that the Town Hall meeting ‘’will promote the engagements and consensus necessary for effective collective action to secure our country and its people.’’
According to him, a more secure country ‘’enables our law-abiding citizens to engage in their legitimate pursuits, including farming and livestock production, without fear.’’
Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai and his deputy, Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe attended the security town hall meeting which was organised by the Federal Ministry of Information, held at the Kaduna State University (KASU).