Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called on the federal government to beef up security as Nigeria heads towards the 2019 general elections.
He said the call became imperative following the current wave of insecurity.
Abubakar spoke, yesterday, when he visited survivors of the recent suicide bomb attack in Mubi recuperating at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
He said: “As we march towards 2019, insurgency, kidnapping, armed robbery, thuggery and other forms of insecurity are bound to be on the increase. The Federal Government should as a matter of policy beef up security to cope with the rising trend.”
The Turakin Adamawa suggested that the military should be detached from operating in the internal security of the country, stressing that the DSS, police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, and other para-military organisations should be re-organised to meet the current challenges.
He advised the Federal Government to “re-equip the para-military organs and give them all the necessary working materials to enable them withstand the current wave of insecurity.”
He stressed the need for training and re-training of security operations to enable them meet up with the challenges of the 21st century because Nigeria currently does not have the required security men to meet the security challenges.