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Banditry/Terrorism:  Current Security Challenges Greater than Civil War – Emir of Daura; Cautions against undue interference/distraction of security agencies.

The Emir of Daura, Dr. Umar Farouk Umar CON, has raised alarm over what he described as ‘the dangers of the current dynamic and multifaceted security threats facing the nation’, saying, “What Nigeria is experiencing now is greater than the civil war”.

This is just as he solicited for prayers, advices and goodwill of all Nigerians, especially elders, traditional and religious leaders in the country, to overcome banditry and other security challenges, the way the civil war was overcome with such prayers without sentiment.

The emir also cautioned Nigerians against “undue interference on security matters to avoid distracting the security agencies, more so since the President is a former war tested general and a two times head of state who knows the military more than any civilian”.

Speaking when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai who is on operational visit to the Army formations in Katsina State visited him, Dr. Umar Farouk called for the same approach used in tackling the civil war, to tackle the ongoing insecurity in Nigeria.

He urged the nation to remember “The critical time when President Buhari took over at a period when Nigeria was at the verge of collapsing” saying “The current situation is like that of the spectators who sees all the faults in the players but cannot do better if given the chance”.

While advising the Army Chief to “remain resolute, focused, continue with his good work and shun distractive comments from any quarter”, the emir commended the Nigerian Army and its leadership for the commitment and untiring efforts to containing the myriad of security challenges in Nigeria and in Daura emirate of Katsina State in particular since he took over as the COAS.

Dr. Farouk used the occasion to on behalf of his council and the entire people of Daura, to thank the Nigerian Army for setting up an FOB and a Battalion in Daura town, to enhance response to security threats in the area and surrounding communities which have so far commendably assisted in providing the required peace and security in the areas.

While praying for the military and all other security organizations in their operations aimed at securing the nation, the monarch emphasized on the need for the people to consistently support the military and other agencies by providing useful information on suspicious persons, movements and activities in the communities for them to succeed in providing the necessary security for the people and the nation.

Lt. Gen Buratai was at the Forward Operating Base (FOB) Daura and the 171 Battalion Daura, where he was briefed on the operational state of the Army formations to checkmating banditry and associated insecurity in their area of responsibility.

Gen Buratai assured the emir, the emirate council and the people of Nigeria of the renewed vigour and determination of the Nigerian Army (NA) to tackle the security challenges in the northwest and the country as a whole.

He said his visit was in response to the concerns occasioned by the recent banditry activities in different parts of the region and Katsina State in particular. 

Gen Buratai further stated that, “Already, the Nigerian Army has commenced reorganization of its operations across Nigeria and that senior officers of the service were in the state to fully implement the clear directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to effectively checkmate the security challenges in the country”.

Buratai used the opportunity to solicit from the emir, the good people of Daura and all Nigerians for their continuous prayers, guidance and goodwill, noting that it is just a matter of time, the Nigerian Army and other security agencies will get over the situation. 

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