…berates House of Reps over calls for President’s appearance
Chris Steven, Abuja
The Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) has saluted President Muhammadu Buhari and the country’s security agencies over recent successes over armed banditry and kidnap in Zamfara and Yobe States.
Unlike previous administrations, president Buhari displayed an unusual appetite to flush the raising tide of insecurity in the North-East which stretched to some parts of the North-West.
Mr Buhari, a former Military Head of State, adopted several prompt measures which clamped down Boko Haram and insurgency and is doing quite astutely in Zamfara, Yobe and other states too.
Despite these obvious progress, the House of Representatives, Thursday, called on the president to address the nation.
In a statement by CNM’s Chairman Board of Trustees, High Chief Peremobowei Success, however, the group condemned the move by the Green Chambers, describing it as “evil and politically motivated by enemies of Nigeria to derail the ongoing efforts”.
According to the group, the president and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General T.Y Buratai deserves a pat on the back for effectively silencing inherited myriads of security challenges and recent uprising in other parts.
The Coalition is particularly impressed by the manner the president has motivated and equipped the military to respond effectively to the challenges with top-notch strategies in form of operations.
“ We hereby salute and commend His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President and Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces for his effort in tackling and confronting security issues, especially in Zamfara State and other places nationwide,” Chief Success said.
“ We are aware that the president after cutting shot his trip to Dubai, held a meeting with all the security chiefs and in the end charging our security agencies to put their acts together and deal ruthlessly with bandits, kidnappers and other security challenges in the country. This alone has shown that these dark forces are in for a hell of a time.
“ We also commend the president for his recent response to the situation in Zamfara and Kaduna States . The way and manner he has motivated and equipped the military to respond effectively to the challenges in Zamfara and other states in the Northwest has won our heart. Operation Sharan Daji, Operation Harbin Kurnama (III) and the newly-launched Operation Puff Adder are focused on Zamfara, Kaduna (including the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway), Katsina, Kogi, and Niger States. These are all multi-agency operations, bringing together the Military, Police, the DSS, and others. The results have been incredible, marvelous and fantastic as can be seen clearly by all Nigerians.
“ Clearly, the frequent kidnapping on the Abuja-Kaduna road is being tackled and the route is now safe. Many kidnappers have been arrested with some fatally injured in confrontation with security agencies. Our on the spot assessment indicates that the combined security services that are patrolling the road are constantly there, 24 hours to forestall any breach of law and sundry criminal activities. This is also praiseworthy. Mr. President is clearly on track.
“ In the light of these, we find the call by the House of Representatives for President Buhari to address the nation over the incidents in Zamfara and other parts of the country very distracting, evil and politically motivated by enemies of Nigeria to derail the ongoing efforts. This demand on President Buhari coming at a time there are glaring evidences that much is being done, with visible impact, is an unneeded distraction. Nigerians unequivocally see it as a distraction from the pit of hell and must be halted with immediate effect.
“ President Buhari has demonstrated that he is fully determined to tackle these security problems fiercely until these callous killers are crushed and completely conquered. The president has seen to the deployment of security agents to all the areas currently under attack, and the way and manner in which this administration is always tweaking its security strategies to meet the demands of the time has not escaped our notice. We therefore wish to call on this segment of parliament to as a matter of national concern put the nation first and at all times.
“ Gentlemen, we are all in this together, this is our country and we must support Mr. President to succeed irrespective of our political and sundry differences. Events of the last few days have shown that the President and Commander -In-Chief of our Armed Forces is determined to rid this country of dangerous marauders and brigands who have constituted threat to our common humanity. Security is everybody’s business. As critical stake holders in the process, we must adopt some kind of early warning mechanisms to provide the government/security agencies with all the relevant information regarding any suspicious personality or movement in our communities.
“ We call on all Nigerians to take it as a solemn responsibility to complement the efforts of our president and security agencies in their respective ways. Security is key and as such the responsibility of all. Instead of politicizing security issues, we should form a coalition with the government of the day to deal with these evil and dark forces threatening our corporate existence. We strongly state that anything short of this on the part of citizens is a travesty.”