Civil society and community security groups asked President Bola Tinubu not to use the NSA nomination as political payback.
The coalition advised because the National Security Adviser (NSA) is vital to national security and stability.
At a press meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, TPCAI Executive Director Danladi Isaac said the coalition had to call the president’s attention to avoid blunders.
“The NSA is Mr. President’s national security adviser,” he stated. In other words, he advises the President on national security and other crucial issues. National security normally protects citizens from internal and foreign dangers.
“A person who will receive technical support from global security apparatus for new secure Nigeria. Middle-of-the-road is unacceptable. A successful national security and diplomatic leader will suit.
Theorists and office employees have no time. Urgent and crucial. Nigerian security architectures require thorough transformation.
This isn’t typical. Nigeria has serious security issues.
“In the last five years, banditry, kidnapping, farmer-herdsmen clashes, illegal mining, and oil bunkering have reached astronomical and intolerable heights that must be handled by not just a competent man in military security, but a proactive, bold, calculative, well respected, and accepted man.
“Apart from the aforementioned military security challenges, there are issues of economic security, involving multi-national agreements, mutual interdependence, and availability of natural resources, with the freedom to choose policies to develop a nation’s economy according to market forces.
Cybersecurity cannot be overlooked. National security requires electronic information systems. Mr. President, state and non-state entities’ improper access to crucial government infrastructures might threaten the nation’s security.
“This is not the time to use the appointment of National Security Adviser for political compensation, but for national security system re-architecture and engineering.
“President Tinubu is a vastly experienced politician, who judging by his utterances and actions in the last two weeks and more importantly who knows the gargantuan security challenges we currently face as a nation, would not be easily cowed by politically-induced influence but pragmatic consideration in the appointment of his NSA.
“We urge and appeal Mr. President to shun politics in this vital appointment and consult widely for a logical conclusion by putting a round peg in a round hole in his National Security Adviser choice.
The coalition said Tinubu could deliver since his first two weeks in office had laid the groundwork for conversation and consensus.
The organization stated: “It is exactly two weeks since the Tinubu administration came into being. Nigerians have taken a wait-and-see approach for two weeks. President Tinubu’s management of national affairs is mostly responsible.
“The removal of the petrol subsidy was an issue that could easily have ignited fire amongst the populace, but President Tinubu promptly intervened by physically meeting with stakeholders in the oil industry and the Labour Union to calm agitated nerves.
He persuaded health workers to abandon their walkout. He also mandated the retirement age and pension harmonisation of all court personnel.
On Democracy Day, June 12, he signed the student loan bill, which gives indigenous Nigerian students interest-free loans to study without worry.
Two weeks. This era shows that Tinubu is willing to give venues for conversation and consensus building.