The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) has condemned the recurrent and intense bloodbaths in Adamawa and Borno States and called for international support to end the crises.
The group while reacting to the recent massacre of 57 students of Federal Government College, Yobe State in a statement also asked the government to make concerted efforts toward building capacity of security agencies to re-position them for the onerous task of providing security for innocent citizens.
Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)
Executive Director, CISLAC in the statement made available to CSO Digest observed that careless and un-intelligent public statements by the Federal Government and security agencies have triggered frequent attacks and killings of innocent Nigerians by the insurgents.
CISLAC further observed some sort of sabotage in the campaign to confront the insurgents as it was alleged that soldiers manning a checkpoint near the Federal government College Buni Yadi were reported to have been mysteriously withdrawn hours before the massacre.
“No country in the world experiences the gravity of the ongoing mass killings and bombardments in Nigeria; and the government has shown insufficient concern with appreciative response to address the awful situations” Musa said.
He wondered that despite enormous funds allocated for security cannot be justified by operatives in their efforts to combat crime in the country.
He said “Inspite of the financial resources N348bn, N921.91bn and N950bn in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively committed to security vote from the national budget and human resources from Nigeria Army, Police, State Security Service among others; security agencies are yet to curtail the daily massive and continuous attacks by the insurgent”.
Apart from being the victims of regular attacks, security personnel are not adequately equipped and fortified to curtail the attacks; and the degree of attacks by the insurgents have clearly indicated they are well positioned to be at advantage of the ongoing calamity, he argued.
According to Musa, the degree of destructions on facilities has denied victims of various attacks access to adequate medical attention including the security personnel whose families have been subjected to life-threatening situations as they are not sufficiently compensated following the killings of their love ones.
He also attributed the situation to unchecked corrupt practices at the nation’s borders which has promoted free movement of illegal arms and ammunition by insurgents.
In particular he raised concern over the welfare of the poor, women, children and disables as well as the vulnerable groups who are subjected to various degree of suffering due to consequences of the attacks.
“The significance loss of lives and property occasioned by the insurgents’ activities across the North, have continued to sabotage the region socio-economic development” he stated.