Insurgency: NIPSS alumni tasks FG on intelligence gathering
President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute of Strategic Studies (AANI) Major General Lawrence Onoja (Rtd) has called on the federal government to intensify efforts to curtail the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.
Scores of people died and hundreds more were injured on Monday when a bomb planted by suspected insurgents exploded in a busy motor park in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja city center.
Addressing newsmen after leading some members of the executive of the association to commiserate with the Nyanya bomb victims at the Asokoro General Hospital Abuja yesterday, Onoja condemned the spate of bomb attacks and called on the security operatives to do more to save the day.
He appealed to Nigerians to cooperate with Mr. President by reporting strange movements around them so that “we can forestall further attacks,” saying “security is not for the president or governors alone. It is for all of us (citizens).”
The AANI president said “except you have an intelligent gathering machinery, to pre-empt attacks, it will continue like that.”
“The security agencies are doing very well,” he says but that they needed to intensify their efforts to ensure that at the stage they are making plans to attack, they are preempted.
He pledged blood donation and relief materials for the recuperating victims. “Today I offered to donate my blood but I was told that I have to pass through certain procedures. In the next few days, you will see our members coming to donate blood. They are our brothers and sisters. Also, in the next couple of days, we will come with relief materials to assist the wounded.”
Vice President of AANI, Comrade Issa Aremu said the wounded and dead victims of the bomb cut across all ethnic and religious leaning and that it was in the best interest of every Nigerian to come together to fight the attackers.