Former Chief Security Officer to the late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, said all hands must be on deck if Nigeria wants to overcome the perennial security challenges bedevilling the country.
He said the government alone can’t address the deepening security crisis, adding that every citizen must rise to the occasion and play their part in tackling the menace.
Al-Mustapha made this known when he featured on the Hausa Service of the Voice of Nigeria, in Kaduna on Thursday.
Al-Mustapha averred that wealthy and powerful Nigerians with unfettered access to weapons and drugs are behind the spate of insecurity in the country.
Al-Mustapha said to tackle the security challenges across the north and by extension, Nigeria, the federal government must be ready to step on toes.
He said, “It is high time that every patriotic Nigerian, anyone who has Nigeria, Africa or the entire world at heart, everyone should stand up and make a personal contribution. Things are not moving as expected.
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“There are people spending their money to cause crisis and it appears they are succeeding.
“From the way they’ve access to weapons today in Africa, and different kinds of drugs, and from the kind of people that are given such things and they are using it, it has shown that the strength they have has started to over power the laws of African countries, especially here in Nigeria.
“That is why in my remarks, I delved on these issues and other issues pertaining to world affairs.”
He attributed the security challenges to the wrongs in the land, saying that some few individuals were so powerful to have acquired the means of exploring, refining, and exporting the nation’s mineral resources.
Al-Mustapha said these people are so powerful that they have foreign and local allies who can support them should their businesses and nefarious activities become threatened by government.
He added, “If you want to stop them, they are ever ready to use all means at their disposal to fight you. They can even do that in collaboration with their local and foreign allies.
“They are powerful and can fight any government that tries to stop them. Fighting them will require tact, reverting the laws, and educating those carrying out the laws and those in government. They should know where they lag behind and where they are found wanting.
“If this arises from what I have said if things are to be corrected, toes must be stepped upon. People must be shown the right thing to do so that peace and harmony would be restored.”