A security expert, Husseini Ahmed has decried the take over of the entire northern region by terrorism, alleging that the federal and state governments have become helpless as the region is turned into a colony terror in Africa.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmen Gusau, Zamfara State, the expert said it is inarguable that terrorism has been one of the major issues the federal government has had to contend with.
He said the rate of killings, kidnappings, maiming and attacks by terrorists have resulted in not only the death of many innocent citizens but has also made many others homeless, rendering farmers very uncomfortable in their legitimate endeavours.
This seems to be like a civil war in the north as people are being killed on daily basis and the most painful part of it is that the northerners are at war with the entire north”
This is not the problem of any other region in Nigeria but the problem of the north. The northerners fighting themselves for no reason”
The state governments in the north can escape blame because the protection of lives and properties in the country rest in the hands of the federal government and not the state governments”
Despite the struggles by the state governments, these insurgents have continued to terrorize the entire north and the security operatives have not located their hideouts to give them fire so that they can surrender.
It now seems that the terrorists are more powerful than the security agencies and the northern governments because they are operating with sophisticated weapons more than that of the security agencies and the military”
But the security agencies have it as a constitutional responsibility to investigate the big shots behind terrorism and how they are getting their arms and ammunition”
The security expert noted that the issue of security is everybody’s business, saying that the locals have some roles to play to prevent terrorists from successfully setting up camps in their communities.
He said vigilance could be maintained while ensuring that sudden and unknown structures are erected in communities.
He stressed that random movements of suspected persons in a particular area can immediately be reported to the security agencies for immediate investigation.
He noted that one would not be wrong to say that only the residents may be in a better position to easily spot the terrorists out because the locals know the terrains very well.
Informing the security agencies of any suspected development on time will ensure decisive actions that would be taken to neutralize the terrorists”
According to the security expert, if the federal, state governments and the members of communities can join forces against the bandits, the federal government will win against terrorism in the north.