National Chairman of Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and all service chiefs to speak up more against Boko Haram.
Idongesit Nkanga recently revealed that the President needs to answer questions surrounding insecurity in Nigeria for the citizens to start taking him seriously.
According to him, the fact that Boko Haram terrorists keep coming into Nigeria without the intelligence chiefs knowing about it and without the security people being aware is a slap on our face as a nation.
He added that now is the time for us to address where the arms for the terrorists are coming from and who is giving them.
His words, “I think it is the President that has to answer the question himself because some of them have tried to give answers in the past and did not answer the question.”
“To get the volume of arms we are talking about, it must be at a higher level. So how did they pass into the country without the intelligence chiefs knowing about it, without the security people knowing about it? And if they did, did they report it, what action was taken, what is the government stand on it?”
“What is our national interest because this is very critical in putting together even the people who are fighting? If such volume of arms is coming from the border, what does the man do, does he allow them to pass through or does he arrest the person and make him face the consequences?
“I think the president asked them and we, too, should ask them to speak up and tell us where the arms are coming from. ‘This is what we have tried to do, to stop it, we have reported to these people, this is what they have done.’ Other than that, I have no answer and I am not sure that even the service chiefs can answer properly because they too are working on the basis of the body language of government.”
“It appears that the government says one thing and is doing another thing, what is our national interest? Let it be stated clearly because that is what the fighting forces will be ready to fight and die for.
“So if some people believe that they will pass through their borders and nothing will happen and others believe that they should not pass through, there is a problem.”
‘’They should make clear what the national interest of this country is, we had it in the past, we should have it now,”
“If we do that, then we will know where the arms are coming in from and why they are coming in without anybody talking about it.
“Up till today, nobody has said they caught arms coming in and they are prosecuting the people, nobody, so why it is like that if not that government knows anything about it or the people are not doing much about it.”