The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) slammed the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, on Monday for admitting that there are about 137 unmanned borders in the north that terrorists from the Sahel infiltrate to commit mayhem in Nigeria.
HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, stated that the CDS’s admission unmistakably implicated Irabor, who is supposed to be the first in rank of all service chiefs in the country..
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The group advised the CDS to brace himself for the nation’s security challenges and propose solutions to the unmanned borders used as entry points by terrorists from Niger Republic and Chad to launch attacks in Nigeria, or resign if he is unable to address the situation.
“What happened to the use of information technology, such as drones, to checkmate infiltration of bad elements bringing in various weapons into Nigeria via the Northern axis?” HURIWA inquired.
“The porous nature of the borders has made it easy for terrorists and bandits to enter the country to commit mayhem,” Irabor said at a public lecture in Lagos on Friday.
In a statement issued on Monday, HURIWA’s Onwubiko expressed disappointment that the Chief of Defence Staff has taken to lamenting, despite the fact that his job is not to tyre Nigerians with the obvious challenge of porous borders, but to solve the security challenge.
“Nigerians are perplexed by the CDS’s self-incriminating revelation, which came into effect on January 26, 2021.” If the General realises he cannot protect Nigerians in accordance with the oath of office he took, he has failed Nigerians and should resign so that a competent person can crush the bloodthirsty terrorists and bandits who are overrunning the country with unfathomable killings and kidnap-for-ransom boom.
“Nigerians are being killed in large numbers on a daily basis, and they are tired of the excuses given by CDS and other service chiefs.” Nigerians want results, not justifications. The CDS should use unmanned aerial vehicles and drones to monitor the vast borders, which are said to be porous and volatile.
“More men should be recruited to man these borders in order to stop or prevent terrorist infiltration into Chad and Niger Republic, where President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has shown obvious sympathy.”
“By the way, why should Nigeria, as a sovereign state, approve more border crossings than it can protect?” Is the government aware that border security is what distinguishes the country as sovereign?”