Insurgency: Nigeria up against Libyan mercenaries, foreign sponsors, saboteurs – MURIC


The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has accused Libyan mercenaries, foreign sponsors and saboteurs within the system in Nigeria as being responsible for the present worsening insecurity situation in the country.
MURIC in a press statement Friday signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, urged Nigerians to take a retrospective and comparative look at the issue of insecurity in Nigeria before casting blames.
The reaction was coming on the heels of the tsunami of criticisms and condemnation of the Federal Government and the Nigerian military that has trailed the recent killing of over thirty civilians in Auno, Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents.
MURIC appealed to Nigerians to be patient and show understanding calling on all and sundry to cooperate fully with the security agencies by giving them all necessary information about the activities and movements of insurgents and criminals.
While saluting the gallant Nigerian soldiers at the battle front, the group called on top military hierarchy to up the game against the insurgents and advise the governor of Borno State to be more diplomatic in his public utterances about military operations in the sub-region
According to MURIC, “Wailers are not looking at the terrible state of insecurity before this administration came on board. There is an urgent need to be retrospective. That is the only way to do an objective appraisal. We are up against hardened Libyan mercenaries. We are up against terrorists backed by foreign powers. We are up against internal saboteurs who provide deadly logistics to insurgents.
“Take a look at the North East before 2015. Attacks by insurgents occurred on a daily basis. Boko Haram occupied 24 local governments in three states (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe). Borno state bore the full brunt as 17 of those 25 local governments were located in the state. It was so bad that Borno residents could not pray in mosques or churches and the streets of Maiduguri were deserted. Those local governments had neither electricity nor network coverage for four good years. Borno schools were burnt and destroyed, markets were closed down and businesses were scuttled. Social life was totally paralysed.
“Corruption aided the insurgency as money meant for arms was diverted by the previous administration. This forced Nigerian soldiers to flee at the approach of Boko Haram fighters. Our soldiers were taking refuge in neighbouring countries. But the picture is different today. No single local government is under Boko Haram control. The insurgents are the ones taking to their heels and their new guerrilla tactics prove the point that they have acknowledged the fact that they are facing superior forces.
“How can we forget so soon? Where were people like Hassan Kukah and the Christian protesters when Alex Badeh, a fellow Christian, and the CDS stole money meant for fighting terror. Yet Badeh knew that Boko Haram was attacking churches. What did Badeh do when he got intelligence that the terrorists were going to attack his village? He went there to evacuate his family with a military helicopter. Badeh later became a victim of the same insecurity which he had fueled.
“It is paradoxical that the same Hassan Kukah who condemned other Nigerians for their flair for criticizing their country in 2014 is the chief wailer in 2020. Even the blind can see clearly here that Hassan Kukah’s parameter for performance in government does not go beyond religion. He was a praise-singer in 2014 when a Christian was in power. His attitude changed from May 29, 2015 when a Muslim became the landlord of Aso Rock.
“It is painful that people are treating the recent upsurge in the attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in isolation. That is neither fair nor objective. Our soldiers are doing their very best. They are just human beings and there are no magicians in Aso Rock. Besides, guerilla warfare is not one in which you wipe out the rebels in a jiffy. The Northern Ireland conflicts, the Latin-American insurgence, the Second Indo-China War, the Soviet-Afghanistan struggle, the Bangladesh Liberation War, the Baltic anti-Soviet campaigns, etc lasted decades”, it added.

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