- He noted that terrorists are spreading their areas of operation beyond the Northeast…
A former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has urged the federal government to consider recalling ex-servicemen and women who are willing to return to service in a bid to use their wealth of experience in tackling the insecurity situation in the country.
Atiku, in a series of tweets via his verified twitter handle, said that the security situation in the country is deteriorating with Nigerians living in constant fear.
He noted that terrorists are spreading their areas of operation beyond the Northeast, into far flung areas as far as Niger State in the North-Central. That is merely hours from our Federal Capital.
The Time For A Total War On Terror Is Now.
The security situation in Nigeria is deteriorating rapidly and ordinary Nigerians are living in fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) May 4, 2021
“Now is the time for decisive leadership and I call on the Federal Government to consider recalling all ex-servicemen and women, who are willing to return to service, and take the fight to the insurgents, until they are rolled back and defeated.
“As a former vice chairman of the National Security Council, I am aware that Nigeria has a sizeable population of military veterans, who are alive, and were trained locally and internationally, and it serves no purpose to allow these valuable national assets lie fallow when there is an existential threat to our nation.
“Call them up. Immediately. Mobilise them to the field. The time has come for us to put in all our effort and stamp out this menace from our nation.
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“The men and women of Nigeria’s armed forces, whether serving or retired, who restored peace to Lebanon, Liberia, Sierra Leone and São Tomé and Príncipe can, and should be used to do the same in the motherland,” the tweets partly read.
The former presidential candidate also pointed out that the need for provision of arms and ammunition, adding that it is the responsibility of the federal government to “develop a more efficient means of sourcing for weapons and delivering them to the troops at the battlefront.”
“When our military is properly rewarded, they will fight more valiantly and gallantly.
” A nation that rewards courage is one that avoids outrage,” he added.