Nigerian Leaders have failed to tackle Insecurity – Ex-DSS Boss
A Security Expert, Mr Adams Abu said the failure of past and present leaders to tackle various security challenges in the country at the initial stage has continued to encourage more youths to venture into criminal activities.
Abu who stated this in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Akure,the Ondo state capital attributed failure of Nigerian leaders to take necessary action at the appropriate time as the main reason for high rate of insecurity in the country.
The retired Assistant Director of Department of State Service (DSS) noted that successive governments allowed insecurity to fester beyond control without providing security measures to checkmate banditry, kidnapping, insurgency among others.
Abu, who is also a fellow of International Institute of Internal Security, said government’s inactions had allowed the perpetrators of Insurgency and other criminal acts to gain confidence to attack with impunity.
“The main reason I will adduce to this without going into specific is that all past and present leadership of this country have not been taking issue of security threat seriously with a view to dealing with it immediately it manifested.
“They allowed it to fester and more people would come into it. The present security challenges we are having now, we have been battling with them even before the manifestation of Boko Haram” he said.
Speaking on recent rise in attacks on bullion vans in the state, Abu noted that those working with the armed robbers could be working in the banks that owned the bullion vans.
He, however, called on the Federal Government to recruit more personnel across all the security agencies and armed forces and equip them with modern technology like their counterparts in advanced nations.
The security expert also called on each community to be more security conscious and work with all security agencies by providing information whenever they discovered anything that posed security threat to life and property.
He faulted the call made by some politicians that Nigerians should defend themselves to fight insecurity.
“Some Nigerian politicians are advising the people to defend themselves in the face of security challenges. Such action will lead to lawlessness and anarchy.
“Government at all levels must rise up to this challenge and provide adequate security for the people. There is nothing wrong if people form vigilante groups to defend themselves but allowing them to bear arms is an invitation to anarchy
He added that legalising use of firearms in Nigerian will turn the country to a lawless society.