- A group has decried that Nigerians are sabotaging the war against insurgency and all other forms of criminality
- The group stated that some Nigerians are feeding bandits, terrorist information against the Nigerian troops
- The national coordinator of the group, Chidi Omeje, revealed this during a press conference on Sunday, August 16
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A group, Citizens’ Initiative for Security Awareness (CISA) has called on Nigerians to protect the country's security interest.
The group made the call on Sunday, August 16 during a press briefing in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Addressing the press, Chidi Omeje, national coordinator of CISA, urged Nigerians to focus on issues that bind them together instead of issues that separate them.
“CISA is of the firm belief that there is no time in the life of our nation that our national security interest should be neglected, denigrated, threatened or mortgaged.
“Our military, for instance, fought to keep us together and has always been there to defend our dear country from external aggression and internal insurrection.
“Our Armed Forces have promoted world peace and brought global respect and admiration to our country through its excellent participation in peacekeeping operations in various nations of the world.
“We the citizens of this nation will continue to hold dear and take pride in our ever gallant military. We also deeply appreciate the dedicated roles being played by our police force and other security and response agencies in the country,” Omeje said.
The group lamented that despite the sacrifices of Nigeria's gallant officers in the front-line, there has been unconscionable media vilification orchestrated by unpatriotic politicians and mischievous interest groups.
“To this set of Nigerians, not even matters of national security or the corporate existence of the country can be spared their negative politics or religious bigotry.
“This unacceptable trend has gone on for far too long to the embarrassment of ordinary Nigerian citizens who truly appreciate the huge sacrifices and fighting spirit of the Nigerian security forces,” Omeje added.
The group further lamented that political actors are fond of disparaging the same institutions and men who are daily taking bullets on our behalf.
Omeje noted that: “We have seen and heard certain politicians seeking to gain media mileage and cheap popularity by publicly berating and casting aspersion on the same security forces that are on the harm’s way to protect their people. This is never the way to go.
The group noted that the war against terror and battle against various forms of violent crimes are the responsibility of all Nigerians.
“We urge our politicians to be more concerned about this kind of unpatriotic act and find a way to drum up support for our fighting forces from their constituents. That will be more helpful,” the group added.
CISA thanked the international community for their support but noted that nobody or group can intimidate, blackmail or disparage Nigerian security forces.
Recently, a group, Civil Society Organization in defence of National Security, called on people of goodwill to stand up and be counted as Nigeria passes through a torrid time due to security challenges in the country.
The group made the call on Friday, August 14 when its coordinator, Joe Mesele, addressed journalists in Abuja.
Mesele stated that as Nigeria faces security challenges, what is required of Nigerians as patriotic citizens is to give President Muhammadu Buhari all the support for the sake of the country's future.
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