The National Security Adviser (NSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Babagana Munguno is under fire over his recent statement that the immediate past service chiefs mismanaged $1bn meant for procurement of arms and ammunition to address the national security threats.
Northern Nigerian Professionals Forum (NONIP) said Munguno’s said even when Munguno claimed to have been misquoted, the statement lack clear leadership openness, responsibility and decorum.
These professionals, under Northern Nigerian Professionals Forum (NONIP), had after their emergency national executive session held in Kaduna, argued that there was no reason for Mr Munguno to have granted that interview on international radio channels as coordinating Aide (on security) to Mr President in the first instance.
The Forum through its Zonal Publicity Secretary, Dr Adamu Aliyu Babba said, the issue of ongoing security threats in the North especially, in the Northwest, called for a collective approach rather than politicising it.
To them, negative comments on the governors of Northwestern States are uncalled for considering the volume of efforts they are putting in place to overcome the kidnapping and banditry challenges bedevilling the region.
“Our stand on the utterances of National Security Adviser to President on the alleged misplacement and controversial supply of $1billion scandal of arms by the past Service Chiefs is condemnable and unfortunate.
“The NSA must accept his failure and lack of openness to other stakeholders in bringing result out of the constant challenges of insecurity that is bedevilling every section of our country, with northern Nigeria suffering must.
“As a professional body, we see such BBC Hausa interview in the first place as uncalled for, very harming on the success of the operation against terror, banditry and insecurity across the country; the interview has exposed the weakness of our country’s intelligence gathering and sharing under his office.
“We observed that the interview has not only damaged our spirit of encouragement but made to understand, there were reported an escalation of attacks and kidnapping across the North which may be translated as to ardently affect motivational and encouragement of many of our soldiers in the field of battle.
“However, we urged the NSA to urgently come out and seek forgiveness and apologized to Nigerians; then open a corridor of synergy by seeking authentic intelligence from other stakeholders that include affected governors of such troubled states; traditional and community leaders who have clear first-hand background information than all those feeding him with different views on the continued challenges facing the North.
“That is better than proportioning blame or accusations against particular individuals seen as adversaries. Such action will surely, by now, douse the hitherto tension generated as a result of alleged views aired that are so harmful and capable of creating misunderstanding and disrepute against the personality of the past Service Chiefs, their families and dangerous to the success of other security operations across our nation.
“We read with surprise that he was misquoted out of context which to us, is weak and unreasonable because at first, nobody forced him to grant such interviews, without clarification or taking into cognizance of his position as a keeper of Nigerian security apparatus and coordinating head”, they said.
They called on President Muhammadu Buhari “to declare that our nation is in total war with Boko Haram, bandits and kidnappers to put all the necessary apparatus of our security and attention to such challenges; we need to remind Mr President that, securing lives and properties of people is much more important than commiserating or sympathy visits to victims of the families.
“Every region of the country has a major peculiar challenge of insecurity bedevilling its people, nowhere is safe and our stand to unite with the Federal government, security agencies are the only solution to bring an end to such challenges”.