In­sur­gency: NIPSS alumni tasks FG on in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mau­reen Onochie

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.

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