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Insecurity: What Do Attacks Close to the Presidency Mean?

There is no gainsaying that one, if not the biggest problem gnawing at the growth and stability of Nigeria is insecurity.

From kidnappings to attacks on communities and religious places, the country seems to be taking a hit from terrorists.

The latest of the attacks came on Monday when terrorists targeted the seat of governance, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Troops of the 7 Guards Brigade, saddled with the responsibility of securing the Presidential Villa and the FCT, came under attack while patrolling the Kubwa-Bwari road.

Despite Captain Godfrey Anebi Abakpa, the spokesperson of the Guards Brigade, saying the attack was repelled, its recurrence (with a focus on its proximity to the presidency) has left Nigerians worried.

Recall the recent attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari's advance convoy to Katsina State and the one on Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre. 

With the Federal Ministry of Education directing the immediate closure of all unity schools in the capital city as a result of rising insecurity, Joyce Onyemuwa sought to get the big-picture of the reality of the situation from Nigerians.

How do you feel about terrorists being close to the presidential villa? She asked on the Sunny Side. 

"During the lockdown, the so-called bandits/terrorists had that power to get into the bushes and towns of Nigeria," explained one caller. 

He added, "If you are having issues for years, and you maintain the same National Security Adviser, NIA, Chief of Intelligence, and Director of DSS; what do you expect to get?"

For Joyce, "It (the threat of an attack on the president) is a brazen disregard for everything that holds this country together."


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