…urges FG, security agencies to restrategise, intensify war against terrorists
The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has sympathised with all Nigerians over Monday night’s terrorists’ attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train.
NIPR described the heinous attack, which had resulted in abductions, deaths and injuries to yet-to-be ascertained number of the passengers, as “not only unfortunate and unacceptable, but also a sad reminder of the descent into the abyss that security situation, especially in that part of the country, has fallen.”
This was contained in a statement by the Institute’s President/ Chairman, Governing Council, Malam Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, made available to newsmen on Tuesday.
The NIPR urged the nation’s security agencies to urgently restrategise to become proactive in handling the deteriorating security situation, particularly in Kaduna and other parts of the country.
It also enjoined government to continue to provide the Armed Forces and other security agencies the “logistical requirements” that’ll further strengthen and enable them to win the ongoing war against terrorists.
The Institute added that the intelligence gathering processes by the various security agencies must be improved upon to enable “the agencies get ahead of these criminals in all ways imaginable.”
The NIPR therefore “expresses its heartfelt condolences to families of the deceased, Federal and Kaduna State governments, prayers for the prompt rescue of those abducted as well as speedy recovery for the injured.”
The full text of the NIPR statement reads as follows:
29th March 2022
Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) sympathises with Nigerians over the callous attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train last night. The attack, which was followed by deaths injury to, and abduction of yet unspecified number of passengers is not only unfortunate and unacceptable, but also a sad reminder of the descent into the abyss that security situation, especially in that part of the country, has fallen.
Nobody or group has the right to continously subject people to this kind of reign of terror, dehumanising them and seemingly getting away with it.
While the Institute appreciates the gallant role being played by our armed forces and other security and law enforcement agencies to square up to the bandits perpetrating these heinous acts, it is clear that a lot more needs to be done to inspire the confidence of the people. The earlier attack on the same route, which occurred in October last last year ought to have served as a wake up call for the system to be more proactive to forestall what was a not so unexpected occurrence, given the seeming over reliance of commutters on the train service as a safer alternative to plying the Abuja-Kaduna road.
There’s the very urgent need for our security agencies to restrategise and get on top of the situation rather than wait to react. Government on its part must spare no effort in continuing to provide the armed forces and security agencies with all logistical requirements to enable them up the ante in this must-win war. The intelligence gathering processes must also be given a short in the arm to enable the agencies get ahead of these criminals in all ways imaginable.
The NIPR expresses its heartfelt condolences to families of the deceased, Federal and Kaduna State governments, prayers for the prompt rescue of those abducted as well as speedy recovery for the injured.
Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, fnipr
President/ Chairman, Governing Council