Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has stated the Federal Government may be giving a false impression; that the Joe Biden administration will send United States troops to defend Nigerians.
The lawyer said rather than give a false impression; the Federal Government of Nigeria should embark on mass recruitment of military and police personnel; equip and motivate them to defend every part of the country.
Falana made this call on Thursday, April 30, during a presentation at a public lecture to mark the 80th birthday of an academic, Prof Omotoye Olorode, in Abuja.
Buhari on Tuesday had sought foreign help to put a stop to the ceaseless bloodshed as well as kidnappings nationwide.
The former military head asked the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, for the support of the Biden administration to tackle the security menace in Nigeria.
In his statement, Falana said the government should strengthen the security forces; and not wait for US support which may likely not come.
The senior advocate said, “Regrettably, Nigeria is currently witnessing the virtual collapse of the security architecture of the neocolonial State; due to the diversion of the huge fund earmarked for the procurement of arms and ammunition; for the armed forces and the police by successive regimes.
“To prevent terrorists and bandits from sacking the government, President Buhari has appealed to President Joe Biden to come to aid the ruling class in waging war against terror and banditry. And without consulting either the African Union or the ECOWAS the federal government has asked President Biden to relocate the US African Command (AFRICOM) in Germany to Africa.
“Since 2009, the cry for help in prosecuting the counter-insurgency operations had fallen on the deaf ears of the leaders of the West. As if that was not enough, the United States; and its allies prevented Nigeria from acquiring vital security equipment to prosecute the war on terror; due to the abysmal poor human rights record of the armed forces and the police.
“Instead of giving Nigerians the false impression that the United States is going to send troops to defend them the federal government; should be compelled to embark on mass recruitment of military and police personnel; equip as well as motivate them to defend every part of the country.
“In addition, all state and local governments should proceed to set up defence committees constituted by young men and women; in every community to collaborate with the Police in securing the lives and properties of all citizens.”