The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), The apex northern socio-political entity, has decried Tuesday’s breach of security at the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), stating that the fatal invasion of the institution signals that the country’s security “is on reverse gear”.
It described the Academy as a proud monument of the first generation of northerners who fought hard to bring development to the north, “they did not bring it here for our generation to hand it over to bandits or whatever we call them”.
Anaedoonline.ng reports that the ACF National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, in a statement lamented that ordinary street bandits attacked the NDA to which many African countries send their officers for training.
According to him, “It is really sad that ordinary street bandits will invade a military institution of such high national & international repute, outwit the security system and men there, kill officers and take one away to an unknown destination”.
Yawe stated that the Forum has continuously raised alarm over the poor management of the country’s security stressing that: “The other day, a Nigerian Airforce fighter aircraft was shot down by the so-called bandits. Today the factory where all Nigerian military officers are produced has been invaded and desecrated. What else do we need to show that our national security system is running on reverse gear?”
The forum, however, commiserated with the families of those who lost loved ones, adding that, “These gallant men have paid the supreme price for Nigeria, their motherland. We hope their sacrifices are not in vain. The Forum is praying that the abducted officer will be rescued and the criminals who abducted him brought to book”.
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