The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, has cautioned Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State against giving off intelligence to terrorists.
He explained that while the governor might have done so not to sabotage the efforts of the security agencies but to give respite to victims’ families, it was best to just keep mum sometime.
Monguno stated this on Thursday while briefing State House correspondents at the end of a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the service chiefs in Abuja.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai spoke about the security agencies, saying we know who they (terrorists) are, where they are,” he said. “Again, that is the danger; when you start talking too much, you give away a lot.”
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Following the train attack in March, Governor El-Rufai had asked the security operatives to bombard the bandits’ hideouts in the forest rather than wait for them to attack.
He had affirmed that the camps and phone numbers of the bandits were known by the security agencies, stressing the need to take the fight to the terrorists.
“We know where their camps are. We know where they are. The SSS has their phone numbers. They listen to them, and they give me the report,” the governor had said. “We know what they are planning. We shouldn’t be waiting for them to attack. Why can’t we go after them?”
Disturbed by the incessant attacks on innocent residents and invasion of communities in parts of the county, President Buhari met with the various heads of security agencies on Thursday.
At the meeting, according to Monguno, the President expressed worry over the present situation and directed that all abducted persons still in captivity be rescued without delay.
In further advice to Governor El-Rufai, the NSA said, “Even if they say we know where they (terrorists) are, that in itself is already a problem.
“Once you say it, whether it is true or false, the person who has your people in captivity will move to another location. It’s just as simple as that. So, sometimes, it is best to just keep silent; mum is the word.”