The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, General Muhammed Sani Salleh (rtd), has said that the insurgency being experienced in Nigeria today can better be regarded as a war situation.
Towards this end, he said there was an urgent need for the reassessment of the response to the security situation even as he frowned at the lapses on the part of the security agencies for not forestalling the during the Easter celebration.
Senator Salleh spoke to LEADERSHIP yesterday when he visited the scene of the bomb blast that claimed several lives in Kaduna.
According to him, “I am here to see things for myself and commiserate with those that lost their lives. This is my constituency quite all right but this is also Nigeria because Kaduna is a small Nigeria. It is the cosmopolitan state, therefore I don’t see it as something that affected just my community but Nigeria as a whole, and this is something that has been on for sometime which federal might is not being used to address.
“So at a time like this, we call to the federal government to try to improve their capacity of the security agencies to respond more appropriately to this kind of situation. At a time like this, we have to reassess our response to security situation as we go along. I am aware that before Easter there was a massive security leakage because it was expected that something like this is likely to happen and certain measures were put in place; yet it happened.
“Now, the security agencies have to go back and do a post mortem and get to find out why it happened so that we can now improve on our response and capability.
“In my opinion, this is a war situation and, in a war situation, you use all the instrument of your national power to fight it. The military is the last instrument of national power usually used but, as it is now, this insurgency as we are experiencing in the country has threatened the sovereignty of our country, livelihood of our country; it threatened the economic well being of our country and that is a vital interest.