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Nigeria in a very difficult situation, people getting tired – FG

Nigeria in a very difficult situation, people getting tired
– FG

The recent attack on the presidential guard troops in Abuja, according to Babagana Monguno, resulted in “decimation.”

Monguno stated this to state house correspondents following a security council meeting on Thursday.

On July 24, presidential guard troops were ambushed by gunmen in the federal capital territory (FCT), but the army reported three casualties.

Speaking about the incident, Monguno implied that a significant number of officers were killed, though he did not provide a specific number.


He did, however, say that there is a need for the general public to support security agencies’ efforts by providing reliable information.

“A few days ago, troops of the guards brigade were ambushed and decimated. Had there been collective effort by way of just snippets of information, we might have averted that incident,” he said.

“That is not to say that the responsibility is for those outside the security domain. It’s a collective responsibility.”

He also urged the media to be more cautious when reporting on security issues, and he urged politicians to be cautious when making statements about the state of the country’s security.

“Council is also concerned about the nature of media reporting incidents with regards to insecurity. It is important for the media to understand that certain reports being generated by the media, either the way the manner in which they report can also aggravate the delicate situation,” he said.
“So, council is urging the media to be very careful in whatever it reports. Whatever gets out to the public space can have a debilitating effect on the population.

“Equally, the political elite is also urged to take into account the consequences of utterances, especially from people who have established a reputation — people who are considered leaders of thought; people who are considered to have some kind of influence in society.

“Whatever goes out may be harmful, not just to the government — if that is the intention — which I doubt may not be a deliberate thing, but at the end of the day, it will affect the wider society.

“We are in a very difficult situation. Council understands; Mr. President understands people’s concerns about the growing insecurity. But I can assure you that there’s no straight cut-and-dry method of dealing with this thing unless all of us embrace each other.”

Security agencies, according to Monguno, are also working on a new strategy to combat insecurity, adding that “they have given their word, their commitment to the president that there will be a change in momentum, regardless of the fact that they may face certain institutional limitations.”

“They have understood the enormity of the responsibilities that they have” he added

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