The Presidency in what appears to be its own reaction to the kidnap of Alhaji Musa Uba, the District Head of Daura, says that the abduction shows that President Muhammadu Buhari did not give preferential treatment to his own hometown.
Alhaji Uba is Buhari’s in-law. He is the husband to President Buhari’s niece, Hajiya Bilki. He is also the father-in-law to Buhari’s Aide-de-camp, Col. Mohammed Abubakar.
Naija Buzz had reported how Mr. Uba was kidnapped by some unknown gunmen who stormed his residence in Daura just after the evening prayer.
Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, while responding to a question during a programme on AIT on the abduction of Buhari’s District Head said; “Well, that has happened but I think that brings the message home that it is a national problem and that because the President comes from Daura, that is not to say there cannot be crime in Daura or Daura will be specially treated.
Report however has it that the Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, immediately relocated to Daura following the kidnap of Alhaji Uba.
“The army said two days ago that there are clear pointers that these problems are beyond criminality,” Shehu added.
“If you ask me about the biggest security (challenge) we met on the ground, it is Boko Haram terrorism and I will score this administration 98 per cent coming this far because Boko Haram is now confined to the fringes of Lake Chad. As a matter of fact, they jump in and out and mainly occupy communities that have not been re-occupied by their owner,” he said.
Also responding to the statement issued by the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, who said that 1,071 persons were killed in the first quarter of 2019 due to banditry, Shehu said; despite the spate in killings, the situation was still better than the previous administration of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Yes, there has been a recent spike (in attacks) but this is not to suggest that this has never happened in the country and they are beginning just now because President Buhari is out of the country.
“You mentioned the numbers but I want to say from our own point of view in the Presidency, we have avoided comparing numbers because it will lead to the same criticisms that some people have made of being insensitive because even if it is one life of a Nigerian that is lost, it is important, it cannot be justified, it cannot be defended.
“But anybody who takes the trouble to check the Presidential website; at some point, Femi (Adesina) had done the numbers and the staggering numbers put on display coming from the past are nothing comparable to these numbers but we will not take it lightly.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.