Some groups, Wednesday, rose in defence of the National Security Adviser, NSA, General Andrew Azazi, over the rising wave of terrorism in the country, saying he should not be blamed for it.
The groups include Alliance for a Better Democracy, ABD; United Front for the Protection of Human Rights, UFPHR; Niger Delta Union for Progress, NDUP, and Citizens for Democracy and Good Governance in Nigeria, CDGGN.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ conference in Makurdi, Co-ordinator of ABD, John Idoko flayed attempts by some interests to push for the removal of Azazi to pave way for one of the previous NSAs, who are mostly northerners, to succeed him.
He said: “Every NSA had his own challenge in the past, but Gen. Azazi has faced the most daunting security challenge yet.
He has refused to play politics with national security hence he came out openly to link the spate of terrorism to the aftermath of the last general elections.
“He has all the intelligence at his disposal hence he made those statements. He should be given all the support needed to unmask the perpetrators of terrorism in our land.”
Olayinka Ojo, President of UFPHR, particularly accused northern leaders of treating the Boko Haram menace with a lackadaisical attitude, saying “their tongue-in-cheek comments on the issue of Boko Haram are grossly inadequate and evasive.”
He recalled how the Southern leaders kicked against militancy in the Niger Delta and rallied around all Federal Government’s efforts to restore peace in the region, urging the northern elite to reciprocate the gesture.
NDUP in its own reaction to media reports that some politicians are plotting to ensure that General Azazi fails in his assignment as NSA, said the rising wave of terrorism in the country is no fault of Azazi, but the orchestration of some northern gladiators who are bent on making the country ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to its co-ordinator, Opuowei Akpodigha “Azazi spoke the minds of many Nigerians at the South-South Economic Forum and we think he is in the best position to tell us the truth of the matter.
Also reacting to the reports, Mallam Sadiq Umar, National Coordinator, CDGGN urged President Jonathan to fish out the sponsors of the bomb attacks with a view to finding a quick solution to the country’s security crises.