The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, came under fire from the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) on Monday for admitting that there are roughly 137 unattended borders in the north that allow terrorists from the Sahel to infiltrate Nigeria and perpetrate atrocities.
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the national coordinator of HURIWA, claimed that Irabor, who is supposed to be the top-ranking service head in the entire nation, was plainly implicated by the CDS’ admission.
The organization encouraged the CDS to prepare for the security difficulties the country has and give solutions to the unmanned borders that terrorists from the Niger Republic and Chad use as access points to conduct attacks in Nigeria, or to resign if he had no ideas for how to solve them.
“What has happened to the deployment of information technology such as drones to checkmate infiltration of bad elements bringing in assorted weapons into Nigeria through the Northern axis?” HURIWA asked
Irabor on Friday, at a public lecture in Lagos, said, “The porous nature of the borders has made it easily accessible for terrorists and bandits to enter the country to commit mayhem…”
HURIWA’s Onwubiko commented in a statement on Monday that it was disheartening that the Chief of Defence Staff has gone to lamentation when his job is to address the security crisis rather than wear down Nigerians with the evident challenge of porous borders.
“Nigerians are perplexed at the self-indicting revelation by the CDS who came into office on January 26, 2021. If the General knows he can’t protect Nigerians according to the oath of office that he swore, he has failed Nigerians and should resign for a competent person to crush bloodthirsty terrorists and bandits overrunning the country with unfathomable killings and kidnap-for-ransom boom.
“Nigerians are being killed daily in their numbers and are tired of excuses given by CDS and other service chiefs. Nigerians want results not excuses. The CDS should deploy drones and unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor the vast borders said to be porous and volatile.
“More men should be recruited to man these borders to stop or prevent infiltration by terrorists in Chad and Niger Republic where the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has shown obvious sympathy.
“By the way why should Nigeria as a Sovereignty approve more border points than the nation can protect? Is the government aware that border security is what makes the Country Sovereign?”
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