By Cecilia Ijuo
A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), We Are All One Foundation (WAAOF), says efforts of security agencies in tackling insecurity, particularly terrorism and growing abduction of students and other citizens require commendation and not condemnation.
The President of the foundation, Mr Musa Gokarum, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.
Gokaru said that the growing trend of citizens dampening the morale of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force including other security agencies in spite of efforts to protect lives and property was disturbing.
He said that regardless of whether the security agencies needed improvement in some areas or not, it was not enough to castigate them, saying, in most cases, they put their lives on the line to protect Nigerians from internal and external forces.
“When you consider how our gallant security personnel have fought to maintain peace and order, in spite of the challenges of terrorism and other security issues, you will do everything to boost their morale.
“If they are not doing their bests, all these challenges would have been overwhelming for the country.
“So, if the military and other security agencies cannot be appreciated for their efforts, then we are doing them a disservice.
“It is important to note that what we are facing is not peculiar to Nigeria,” her said.
According to him, countries all over Africa and around the world are going through similar ordeal, so it is not right to condemn our men who are in the forefront ensuring that you and I go about our daily businesses without the fear of being attacked or kidnapped.
” When we say they are not doing their best it gets one worried because none of us had been on the battle field.
“We hear of arrests, raiding of kidnappers’ hideouts and other efforts made by our security agencies, yet some of us believe they are not doing well enough but they are putting in their best,” he said.
On allegations that corruption and sabotage in the military and other security agencies were hampering victory against terrorism and other forms of insecurity, Gokaru said it was not enough to allege that they were not performing optimally.
“We have a task to sensitise Nigerians about the enormous sacrifices our officers and men make to secure the country amid rising insecurity.
“People who condemn our security agents are just being political and I urge Nigerians not to listen to them,” he said.
Gokaru, who is the founder of WAAOF, assured them, particularly those in the front lines combating terrorism, kidnapping and other forms of criminality, that “millions of Nigerians are behind you, appreciating, supporting and praying for you to remain victorious.
He, however, advised the security agencies to do more in the area of intelligence gathering.
He said, “fighting insecurity, particularly terrorism is not to kill and destroy but to be ahead of terrorists through information gathering.
“If we have strong intelligence gathering mechanism, it will be difficult for these criminals to carry out their nefarious activities.”
On increasing rate of kidnapping in schools across the country, Gokaru called for concerted efforts, saying it would be a tall order for security agencies alone.
Gokaru said: “communities should also make efforts to secure educational institutions in their vicinity.
“Security is not the business of security agencies alone but everybody’s business. We should also be ready to provide information that will enable security agencies carry out their functions effectively.
“I think we should do more as a country to create a mechanism where citizens can freely relay suspicious movements in their communities.”
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his effort in ensuring delivery of Tucano aircraft and other efforts aimed at defeating the war against insurgency.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that WAAOF is an organisation established to promote peace and unity in Nigeria and other African countries.