The Muslim Rights Concern on Thursday condemned the bomb blast in Nyanyan, Abuja Motor Park by suspected members of Boko Haram on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the blast claimed scores of lives, injured many and damaged several vehicles.
The Director of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, in a statement lamented the rising state of insecurity in the country.
“Recently, it was the abduction of some school girls, within the same week some students on their way to write JAMB examination were killed in Borno by the Boko Haram sect.
“All the atrocities intensify the fact that Nigeria’s development is endangered.
“We find it quite disturbing that the Boko Haram phenomenon is increasing, especially in April which is the month when the new army chief promised to end this social cankerworm.
Akintola said that the spate of bombings and killings had also proved that the emergency rule imposed by the Federal Government on Borno, Yobe and Adamawa needed to be reviewed.
He also condemned the concentration of security around ministers, politicians and other influential people.
According to him, the Federal Government needs to look into the concentration of security machinery around top government officials and powerful politicians.
“This robs the rest of the Nigerian society adequate policing and the few security agents who are left are overwhelmed by the pressure of work.
“MURIC reminds the Federal Government that the United Nations recommends one policeman to 488 civilians.
“The Nigeria Police have about 310,177 officers and men while the State Security Services has about 33,000 personnel.
“These figures reflect numerical deficiency because for Nigeria’s population of about 167 million, its needs at least 577,608 policemen.
“Our police-civilian population ratio today stands at one police man to 538 civilians. This is grossly inadequate.”
Akintola, however, advised the Federal Government not to extend the emergency rule as it had only succeeded in negatively affecting innocent civilians.
“In fact, emergency rules are becoming out-dated around the world. What the Federal Government needs to do is to be more proactive.
“The security agents should focus more on intelligence gathering. More policemen and SSS should be recruited and their welfare should be improved.
“The Federal Government must also spend more money on the army and acquire better weapons.
“More importantly, the excess security men around ministers, influential Nigerians and politicians should be drastically reduced.
“In view of the fact that security is an all-comers responsibility, Nigerians should be extra-vigilant.
“Abandoned bags inside airports, markets and public buildings, strange faces and suspicious behaviours should be reported to security agencies.”