Be sincere in the fight against insecurity, NUJ advises Niger govt

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello (file photo)

By Mohammed Usman

The Niger State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has criticized the Governor Abubarkar Sani Bello-led administration for not doing enough to dislodge terrorists groups – Boko-Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) – operating in the state, while urging it to be sincere on the fight against criminals.

It also doubted whether the state government really spent billions of naira in the fight since the criminals had taken control of two local government areas of the state.

“It is disheartening to know that nothing tangible has been done by the state government who for the first time in recent time given vivid account of the modus operandi of the groups but no success story on efforts to dislodging them,” the union stated after the state government announced how it spent billions of naira on logistics for its joint security forces combating ISWAP and Boko-Haram without convincing why killings, abductions, rape and attacks on some rural communities and farm lands persisted.

The union in communiqué jointly signed by Hamza Waziri and Mathew Jwantu, Chairman and Secretary of the Communique Drafting Committee and Comrade Mohammed Usman Chiji, the Council Secretary, respectively, accused government of not doing enough to guarantee security of lives and properties of citizens.

The communiqué pointed out that one of the basic reasons of having a government in place was to protect lives and properties of the citizenry, stressing that trading blames over federal government’s inability to support the state to curb the menace was just a sign of disconnect in the system.

The NUJ also warned that the trend trading blames must not be allowed to rob citizens of their rights to security.

The journalists nevertheless commended the Director General on ICT to the Governor, Alhaji Abdullberqy Ebbo, for donating a set of modern HP Desktop Computer to state Council of the NUJ, but reminded the government of the need to rise up to its constitutional responsibilities.

Secretary to Niger State Government (SSG), Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed Matane, had at a press conference opened up on how the state government spent billions of naira yet ISWAP and Boko-Haram sustained their incursions into the interior and even planning to set up traditional institutions for the propagation of their religious ideologies.


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