ANorthern Group, Arewa Youth Assembly on Wednesday protested against the lingering insecurity especially bandit’s and terrorist’s attacks in many parts of the country and called for the removal of the National Security Adviser, Major General, Babagana Monguno (retd).
The group blamed the rising insecurity in the country on the inability of the NSA to advise President Muhammadu Buhari on effective security measures to arrest the situation.
Addressing newsmen during their protest at the premises of the National Assembly, the group’s Publicity Secretary, Aliyu Muhammed, lamented that under the watch of Monguno , terrorists have been emboldened.
His words, “In response to the astronomic increase in the cases of unprovoked killings and abductions of Nigerians in their farms, houses, train and our major highways which has led to unprecedented rise in poverty rate and food scarcity across the country, we want the immediate removal of the National Security Adviser”.
“This is in concordance with the similar situation in Southern part of the Country where citizens are not allowed to come out on Mondays to go about their businesses, thereby, further impoverishing them.
“All these are because there is serious defect in the security architecture of our country.
“The criminal elements became emboldened under his watch as the NSA, they equally ambushed and killed some officers of the Brigade of Guards to Mr President and also issued notice to kidnap a seating President, Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State.
“This is unfortunate and unimaginable in the history of our nationhood”.
“The NSA is either not advising the President or his ideas are ineffective, hence, the seeming triumph of ragtag elements over our Armed Forces. “We therefore call for his immediate resignation or be sacked by Buhari”.
“We want the security of this nation to unconditionally be improved from its present state to a satisfactory one and all Nigerians in captivity should be fought for and set free, unconditionally.”
Muhammad emphasizedd that the group would mobilise and hold a massive protest across the 19 Northern states if the president refused to sack the NSA in the by Friday.
“We are calling off the protest today, to accord appropriate time for President to act accordingly, and after two days nothing is done, the protest will continue, not only here, but in all the 19 Northern states.”