By Deshi Munkuwe
His Excellency, Ambassador Aminu Abubakar Majidadi, the National President of Al-Mushahid Initiative for Transparency and Accountability (AITA) expresses dismay over the recent constant attacks on Nigerians and motorists along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway and many others within the country unabated by the security operatives which is worsening in recent times.
In response to the insecurity bedeviling Nigeria and the recent attacks on motorists traveling along highways and frequent abducting of travelers in most parts of Nigeria, Ambassador Majidadi in a press release made available to newsmen describes the situations as unfortunate and alarming considering how the attackers in most cases after taking hours operating would go scout free.
“It is on the news recently how bandits that were at a time seems to have been managed resumed incessant attacks on Nigerians in Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, and other parts of Nigeria and the security operatives seems to have lack better strategies to bring to an end the ugly moment of insecurity to an end.” It stated.
“Nigerians can’t forget in a hurry how 63 people were killed in various attacks by non-state actors across Nigeria last week (December 5-11) as reported by Premium Times. A review of the figure shows an over 200 per cent increase when compared to the previous week when 25 people were reported killed which was heartbreaking.
“The report revealed an increase in banditry attacks in the North-west where almost 90 per cent of the figures were recorded. It includes the gruesome killing of 37 travellers who were set ablaze in their bus by a terror group.” Majidadi mentioned.
“Amb. Aminu further said even in Mr President’s home state (Katsina State) commissioner for science, technology and innovation, Rabe Nasir, was assassinated. Mr Nasir was killed in his private residence in Katsina Thursday evening.
“Also recently, the police confirmed the kidnapping of over 20 persons by bandits in Unguwan Gimbiya in Sabon Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Moreso, bandits killed two persons and abducted several others in a series of coordinated attacks on communities in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State on Friday and Saturday.” He added.
“These are a few incidents of the barbaric and unfortunate attacks on innocent Nigerians recently on record and making me sleepless nights. Where are we going to and what is happening to us added to the high cost of living caused by inflation on Nigerians, they still can’t also sleep with eyes closed in their houses or move from one place to another in search of daily bread all in the fear of attacks or being kidnapped by bandits? Majidadi lamented.
Due to the deteriorating security situation in the North-west, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday that he had dispatched a ‘high-level delegation’ to two states in the region that have suffered from recent attacks. Mr President has been criticized by many Nigerians for his handling of the security situation in the region and the nation at large.
On the effort of Mr President and the government, Amb. Majidadi said enough words from security operatives and the government, “Nigerians are expecting to see the bad situation arrested by the government and not just statements which has become a routine. Something must be done urgently to curb the recent raise in the attacks launched by bandits on Nigerians. Amb. Majidadi ended.