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PRESIDENT BUHARI DECLARE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN KADUNA.

THE terrorists, who last week staged a series of attacks in the Northern states, including assualting the Kaduna-Abuja train and ambushing and killing military troops confirmed that undoubtedly, Nigeria is at war.

The country is assailed from within by expanding armies of well-armed terrorists and criminals, overwhelming a crumbling security apparatus.

The situation is worsened by incompetent governance. It is time to shift to war-footing to save the country from being overrun. The President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), must act decisively: declare a full-fledged state of emergency in Kaduna immediately and extend this, if necessary, to other besieged states.

This is no time for politics. Sundry criminals are waging a ruthless war against Nigerians. Apart from Boko Haram/ISWAP Islamic terrorists in the North-East and Fulani herdsmen/militants everywhere else, terrorists riding on the back of a separatist agitation are spilling blood in the South-East.

Beyond his endless, never-enforced orders to security chiefs, Buhari must take charge. There should be an effective strategy. The North-West states and Niger, Benue, Plateau in the North-Central are as destabilised as Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, the epicentre of the Boko Haram/ISWAP Islamist insurgency.

The attacks in Kaduna require full emergency rule in the North-West state. Governor Nasir el-Rufai admitted, “We are in a state of war; this place should be declared a war zone.” Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a departure from the regime’s perpetual denial mode, echoed this: “They (terrorists) have declared war against the country and its people. We are war, yes, we are!” Many patriots have been saying so before now.

Terrorists on Monday bombed and opened fire on a Kaduna-bound train from Abuja, killing several persons and injuring many others. A day later, they atta ked the Gidan Train Station. A week earlier, about 200 terrorists on motorbikes twice had attacked the Kaduna International Airport.

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