- Shehu Sani said the US intelligence report on deadly Al-Qaeda group infiltrating northwest Nigeria is appreciated
- The former lawmaker said the security alarm by the US must be taken with total seriousness by the government
- Sani, however, pleaded with the US to sincerely support Nigeria in the fight against the atrocities of insurgents
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Senator Shehu Sani has pleaded with the government of the United States to "wholeheartedly and sincerely" support Nigeria to fight terrorism following intelligence report that dreaded Al-Qaeda terrorist group is infiltrating the country.
Taking to his Twitter page on Thursday, August 6, the former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate said the alarm raised by America over the plan of the terrorist group is commendable.
Legit.ng had reported that Nigeria was on Wednesday, August 5, told by the US to be at alert over attempts by Al-Qaeda insurgent group to penetrate northwest of the country.
Dagvin Anderson, commander of the US special operations command in Africa, made this disclosure, saying Al-Qaeda is expanding to other parts of West Africa.
He said the US will continue to partner with Nigeria in sharing intelligence and added that the violent extremist group is making Africa its next destination.
In a swift reaction, the former senator and activist said the US security alarm should be taken with a firm grip by the Nigerian government.
Sani, however, said the most important thing is US' support to Nigeria in ensuring that the activities of terrorists are halted in the northwest and other parts of the country.
"The US intelligence report on the infiltration of the Northwest by terror groups is appreciated and should be taken seriously.
"But the most important thing is wholeheartedly and sincerely supporting us to end their atrocious and cruel activities in our lands," Shehu Sani said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that amid a spate of killing and bandit attacks on communities in the northwest region of Nigeria, Senator Sani called for protection for traditional rulers.
The former lawmaker said this while reacting to recent attacks in Kaduna, Zamfara and Borno which left many people dead and properties ruined.
Speaking via a tweet on his official Twitter handle on Saturday, August 1, the outspoken former lawmaker lamented the rise in attacks and posited that traditional rulers have also become targets just like their subjects.
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