Failed politicians behind banditry in northern Nigeria - Security expert

Failed politicians behind banditry in northern Nigeria - Security expert

- Northern politicians have been accused of trying to de-market the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari

- The allegation was levelled against the politicians by a security expert Terrence Kuanum

- According to Kuanum, the banditry and violence in the northern region of Nigeria is politically motivated

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A security expert and public affairs commentator, Terrence Kuanum, has attributed the incessant cases of violence and bandit attacks in parts of northern Nigeria to the activities of failed politicians.

Kuanum said these politicians are only focused on painting the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in a bad light.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Sunday, June 21, Kuanum said information available to him indicates that most of the cases of violence and banditry in northern  Nigeria are politically motivated.

He said these criminal activities are sponsored by those who contested and lost against the ruling party in recent elections.

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According to him, the failed politicians believe that by sponsoring violence and other acts of criminality they would be de-marketing the Buhari presidency so as to put them in power instead of contesting in 2023.

Kuanum said information at his disposal indicates that many of the failed politicians are not happy with the gains made by the military against insurgents and criminals in recent times.

Failed politicians behind banditry in northern Nigeria - Security expert
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"They know they have nothing to offer to the people so they don't want to allow the President deliver on his mandate as that would put the final nail on their political coffin," Kuanum said.

He said observing developments in the northeast can clearly show that the Nigerian military has been on top of their games neutralising the insurgents.

Kuanum said it is high time the people are made aware of this conspiracy so they would realise that the fault is not that of the military.

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The security expert said it is curious that the Nigerian military which is one of the best in the world should be put on a negative spotlight for operations carried out at home.

"Does it not strike you as curious that the same military which liberated Sierra Leone; rescued UN soldiers from terrorists in Somalia; restored democracy in Liberia and led successful joint military operations in several parts of the world would be said to be failing at home?" he queried.

Continuing, Kuanum said: "You cannot reconcile the fact that the Nigerian military which has such a sterling record of achievements abroad could be said to be overstretched at home."

Kuanum advised those saddled with other responsibilities in the security architecture of the country to wake up to their responsibilities so as to bring an end to insurgency in Nigeria.

"A lot depends on intelligence gathering, consultation, mediation and other subtle initiatives that cannot be handled through field combat," he said.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that some Nigerian professionals in diaspora had called for the arrest of the sponsors of insurgency and banditry in the north.

The call by the professionals in Europe was made available in a communique released in the past week.

These Nigerians in diaspora urged the government of the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the European Union to support Nigerian in the fight against banditry and insurgency.

They also said they believe threats posed by the terrorists has assumed both regional and international dimension.

Also, the Nigerian army has reacted to the renewed attacks carried out by Boko Haram insurgents and unknown bandits in the region.

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The attack led to the killing of innocent women and children in Faduma Koloram village in Gubio local government area.

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