Communication gaps responsible for persistent insecurity – Coalition  

The Northern Coalition Group (CNG) has in the wake of persistent insecurity bedeviling the region, submitted a blueprint to President Tinubu containing strategies on how to tackle the menace. 

This is even as the coalition identified lack of understanding between the federal and state governments in the war against banditry as the major reason for the persistent challenge.

Speaking during at a stakeholders’ engagement on security in northern Nigeria, with the theme, ‘Changing the Narratives of Insecurity in Northern Nigeria” Between CNG, Artists, Social Media Influencers and Bloggers in Promoting Peace and Security in the Region’, the group chairman Board of Trustees (BoT), Dr. Nastura Ashir Shariff, lamented that “today there is serious lack of synergy between Air force and the Military, between the Police and DSS and between Federal Government and State Government in the fight against insecurity.

“This disagreement and lack of synergy between Air force and the Military, sometimes ago resulted in the death of over 300 people in Zamfara State, because when the infantry wanted to attack they informed the Air force for a collaborative mission but because of disagreement, this number of innocent lives were killed”.

Dr. Shariff noted that because of these problems, they met with all the military Generals, top security agencies, and other stakeholders, saying: “We thank God that at last we have made considerable inroads in solving the problems. Already, we have presented a blueprint to President Tinubu on how to tackle the menace.

“Similarly, our investigation shows that citizens are not involved in the fight against insecurity in the region and we have sat down with all the Northern governors and we informed them about the real problems they have with regards to the problems of insecurity in the region.”

Nastura argued that from their understanding, the war against bandits, kidnappers and Boko Haram was being prosecuted without coherent strategies; which is why the choice kinetic and non-kinetic approach should be given serious attention.

Speaking, the chairman of the occasion and a Retired Assistant Director General of DSS, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmad Katsina, lamented that the North is facing existential threats rocking it, including drugs, youth restiveness, banditry, kidnapping and political thuggery among others.