Former Chief Security Officer to the late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, alleged that rich Nigerians with access to weapons and drugs are behind the spate of insecurity in the country.
Al-Mustapha said to tackle the security challenges across the north and by extension, Nigeria, the federal government must be ready to step on toes.
According to the former CSO, besides authorities stepping on toes, all and sundry must be involved in tackling insecurity in the land.
Al-Mustapha, who spoke on the Hausa Service of the Voice of Nigeria, monitored in Kaduna on Wednesday, insisted it was time for all patriots to rise to contribute their quotas in tackling the security challenges bedeviling the country.
He said, “It is high time that every patriotic Nigerian, anyone who has Nigeria, Africa or the entire world at heart, everyone should stand up and make a personal contribution. Things are not moving as expected.
“There are people spending their money to cause crisis and it appears they are succeeding.
“From the way they’ve access to weapons today in Africa, and different kinds of drugs, and from the kind of people that are given such things and they are using it, it has shown that the strength they have has started to over power the laws of African countries, especially here in Nigeria.
“That is why in my remarks, I delved on these issues and other issues pertaining to world affairs.”
He attributed the security challenges to the wrongs in the land, saying that some few individuals were so powerful to have acquired the means of exploring, refining, and exporting the nation’s mineral resources.
According to him, these few Nigerians benefitting from the country’s mineral resources seemed to be unstoppable.
He added, “If you want to stop them, they are ever ready to use all means at their disposal to fight you. They can even do that in collaboration with their local and foreign allies.
“They are powerful and can fight any government that tries to stop them. Fighting them will require tact, reverting the laws, and educating those carrying out the laws and those in government. They should know where they lag behind and where they are found wanting.
“If this arises from what I have said if things are to be corrected, toes must be stepped upon. People must be shown the right thing to do so that peace and harmony would be restored.”