A Northern group, Arewa Youth Assembly, on Wednesday staged a protest over the rising level of insecurity in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and demanded the replacement of the National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno.
Monguno was appointed in 2015 and was spared when the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, were replaced by the President.
Publicity Secretary of the group, Aliyu Muhammed, while addressing journalists during the protest at the National Assembly, said terrorists and other criminals have become more daring under Monguno’s watch.
Muhammed also said the security situation in the country showed that the NSA was not effectively discharging his duties, therefore, called for his resignation or sack.
“In response to the astronomic increase in the cases of unprovoked killings and abductions of Nigerians in their farms, houses, train and our major highways, which has led to unprecedented rise in poverty rate and food scarcity across the country, we want the immediate removal of the Monguno.
“In concordance with the similar situation in the Southern part of the Country where citizens are not allowed to come out on Mondays to pursue their businesses, thereby, further impoverishing them, is because there is serious defect in the security architecture of our country.
“The criminal elements became emboldened under his watch as the NSA; they equally ambushed and killed some officers of the Brigade of Guard to Mr President and also issued notice to kidnap Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State. This is unfortunate and unimaginable in the history of nationhood.
“The NSA is either not advising the President or his ideas are infective; hence, the seeming triumph of ragtag elements over our Armed Forces. We, therefore, call for his immediate resignation or be sacked by Buhari.
“We want the security of this nation to unconditionally be improved from its present state to a satisfactory one, and all Nigerians in captivity should be fought for and set free, unconditionally.”
“We are calling off the protest today, to accord appropriate time for the President to act accordingly, and if nothing is done after two days, the protest will continue, not only here, but in all the 19 Northern states,” he added.