Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has advised the Federal Government to recall all living ex-service men and women who are willing to return to active duty to help fight the growing insecurity in the country.
Atiku made the call in a statement on Tuesday while reacting to the escalation of insecurity in the country.
He lamented that the security situation in Nigeria is deteriorating rapidly, noting that ordinary Nigerians are living in fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
“Terrorists are spreading their areas of operation beyond the Northeast, into far flung areas as far as Niger State in the North-Central. That is merely hours from our Federal Capital ” he said.
Atiku noted that “Nigeria has a sizeable population of military veterans, who are alive, and were trained locally and internationally, and it serves no purpose to allow these valuable national assets lie fallow when there is an existential threat to our nation.”
“Call them up. Immediately. Mobilise them to the field. The time has come for us to put in all our effort and stamp out this menace from our nation.
“The men and women of Nigeria’s armed forces, whether serving or retired, who restored peace to Lebanon, Liberia, Sierra Leone and São Tomé and Príncipe can, and should be used to do the same in the motherland,” the former vice president said.
Atiku who pointed out that they (service men) must be well armed, urged the Federal Government to develop a more efficient means of sourcing for weapons and delivering them to the troops at the battlefront.
“A situation where terrorists and criminals are better armed than our troops on the battlefront is intolerable,” he said.
He also called for an improved condition of service for men and women of the Armed Forces.
He said; “The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, working in concert with primary mortgage institutions, ought to offer the men and women of our armed forces special concessionary mortgage loans so they can own homes.
“The private sector should also be encouraged to offer discounted services to them in appreciation of their services.
“There is no sacrifice greater than to lay down your life for the motherland.
“When our military is properly rewarded, they will fight more valiantly and gallantly.
“A nation that rewards courage is one that avoids outrage.”