SIR: All well-meaning Nigerians deplore the sad events of August 24th, 2021, in which the Nigerian Defence Academy’s security architecture was hacked. It is upsetting that gunmen were able to gain entrance and assassinate security personnel, who are the guardians of our country’s territorial integrity. However, if the NDA is not safe, then no place is safe. To send these offenders to the gallows, new techniques and intelligence approaches must be implemented.
There are no longer any excuses; these killers represent a threat to the country, and superior counter-strategy would have to be deployed to send out a strong signal to anyone with similar bad intentions.
Wherever criminals hide, they should be pursued and punished. Similarly, security forces must be up to the task and demonstrate to Nigerians that their lives and property are safe under this administration.
To meet the challenges of the twenty-first century, a comprehensive evaluation of the current security system is required.
Alas! Security, however, seems deteriorating due to inadequacies in the sector. Nigerians are tired of the situation in the country, where a group of hoodlums are taking the country for granted.
First and foremost, all criminals’ supply chains must be interrupted and frustrated in such a way that a physical example must be set for any individual or group caught with weapons attempting to bring Nigeria to its knees, regardless of their position. To be able to ‘fight logistics through,’ troops must be properly trained; they must be as capable as teeth and armed better than any hoodlum.
Perhaps the NDA security setup, in particular, and Nigeria’s intelligence information system are inadequate. If 24-hour monitoring were maintained, superior forces, including Air Force backup, could easily disrupt and subdue terrorists before they strike.
Counter-insurgency success hinges on effective logistics. To reduce the possibility of rebel attempts to destroy or acquire supplies, there must be vigorous protection for supply trains and logistical storage depots.
Also, Nigerians must unite and support our gallant troops by boosting their morale and not give advantage for criminal elements within our domain. We must report any suspicious movement, and security agencies should act at the appropriate time.
May God rescue our country and help our gallant troops to come out victorious.
Tajuddeen Ahmad Tijjani writes from Kasuwar-kaji Azare, Bauchi State.