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The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sit up and not allow terrorists to overrun Nigeria.

According to the association, the so-called bandits have become emboldened because of the culture of impunity which the Buhari administration has allowed to thrive.

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The NAS Capoon, Mr. Abiola Owoaje in a statement: “Federal Government must rethink its war on terrorism” called on the government to stop pampering terror suspects and get serious in prosecuting terror suspects if it hopes to win the war against terror.

While describing the previous attack on the NDA and the recent attack of the Forward Operating Base in Mutumji, Dansadau Local Government Area of Zamfara State as embarrassing, it lamented that terrorism and all kinds of atrocious crimes have blossomed under the present administration because the government has been trivializing terrorism.

Owoaje faulted the deradicalization policy of the federal government for not being transparent and called for the immediate trial of all terror suspects to demonstrate the federal government’s sincerity to tackle terrorism.

“It is incongruous that a country ranked third in the Global Index of Terrorism is seemingly unable to interdict the sponsors of terror and negotiating with these criminal elements, and even unconstitutionally granting pardons to self-confessed murderers and ‘reintegrating’ them back into the society through a non-transparent deradicalization policy.

“President Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief leading the security agencies must do more to convince Nigerians on the sincerity of his government’s fight against terrorism. We reiterate that the government should rethink its strategies to combat terror by ceasing all manner of negotiations with criminal elements in the northeast and northwest. The recent disclosures by Governors Matawalle and Masari on the failed negotiation with bandits show that from the onset, negotiating with bandits was a self-defeatist strategy.”
“To this end, the hundreds of terror suspects in various detention centres should be screened and those found culpable of mass murder and other crimes should be put on trial immediately. Also, the 400 Bureau De Change (BDC) operators, that the office of the Attorney-General, Mr. Abubakar Malami announced in May 2021 of being implicated as sponsors and financers of terrorism should be immediately put on trial. A similar trial and conviction of six Nigerian bureaus de change operators for sponsoring terrorism in the United Arab Emirate in November 2020 is a pointer to the Nigerian government on how not to pamper terror suspects.


“Finally, and for the umpteenth time, we demand that the federal government and our security agencies get serious with intelligence gathering to weed out internal collaborators, identify sponsors of terror, cut off their sources of funding, supplies, and punish severely those found guilty. Nigerians are tired of the excuses; President Buhari should act now before terrorists overrun his government and our country.”

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