Abdullahi Gana Muhammad, immediate past Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has said the country has over 400 illegal entry points.
Muhammad said this in an interview with Daily Trust.
He said every concerned Nigerian should be worried over the influx of foreign terrorists into the country through the porous borders.
The former NSCDC boss also said the country should stop seeing the fight against terrorism as a religious war.
“Every concerned Nigerian should be worried. Members of the ISWAP were able to come closer because of the porous borders we have. We have over 400 illegal entry points in Nigeria.
“Most of them are not Nigerians. The mistake we make is that we see it as religious war; it is not.
“I remember that when I was in office and some of them were arrested in Kaduna, some could not even recite Fatiha (the opening chapter in the Qur’an).
“They don’t even speak Hausa. So 90 per cent of them are foreigners. It is all part of the after effect of the death of Ghadaffi. So many arms left Libya and got into Nigeria”, he stated.
On how the Federal Government can tackle the rising insecurity, he advised that the country must return to community-based policing.
“I will not tell you what I told my colleagues, but we need to go back to grassroots security mobilisation. If the federal government can allow communities to mobilise their people and form an arrangement that would protect the communities, it will help out,” he said.
“They should be allowed to get at least 2,000 young people, most of whom should live in the communities for a maximum period of five years. This is because when they get used to a place, chances of conspiracy become much. Yes, it has its pros and cons. The advantage is that individuals will participate in securing their communities.
“Each local government can mobilise at least 1,000 indigenes to assist the conventional security agencies. Train them, but you don’t have to arm them because if you give them arms it will be a problem in the future.
“When I was in service, I deployed 250 agro rangers to secure farmlands and agro- allied investments in a place like Borno State. We requested for the help of the citizens through the governor, who invited the civilian JTF, and within a short time, we got results. That is why I am clamouring for community-based security network.”