Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has revealed that politicians who lost in the last general elections were aiding bandits to wreak havoc in the country.
“There are myriads of security challenges we are facing right now in the North-West, North-Central and other parts of the country. I want to believe, and rightly so, that with the fallout of the just-concluded general elections, there are politicians who saw their defeat as a means of revenge, sponsoring these criminal activities and even banditry and clashes between the farmers and herders,” Buratai said in Maiduguri while hosting members of the ten-man House Committee on Army led by Hon. Rimammade Kwewum, the Committee Chairman.
According to the army chief, the politicians are hell bent on destabilizing the country.
He alleged that the military had solid evidence against some politicians sponsoring banditry and other forms of criminality in the country.
“We use this opportunity to call on members of the House of Representatives to prevail on some of these politicians, to really look at national interest first before any political or sectional interest. We have some strong evidence but we are still being conscious so that we don’t get it wrong but the best is to advise these politicians,” he added.
Naija Buzz had few weeks ago published a report where the Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, revealed that huge number of deaths and kidnapping recorded in the first quarter of 2019 due to the recent rise in banditry in the country.
Buratai however warned the alleged politicians to accept the outcome of the elections and allow peace to reign, saying that all criminals would be dealt with according to the law.
He also appreciated the lawmakers for the visit, saying that it would boost the morale of the troops over the task ahead.
PDP berates COAS Buratai
Prince Uche Secondus, the Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has however berated the Army Chief, saying that the army should work on facts, adding that the security situation in the country is a concern to all.
Secondus also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to carry the governors along in his administration’s war against insecurity in the nation.
“Well, I do not have access to the details of what the Army chief said. However, I want to appeal to him not to politicise the security problems in the country,” he said (as seen on Punch)
“None of us should glorify ourselves over the killing and kidnapping of our fellow citizens. The situation should call for concern, and not shifting of blame.
“I want to appeal to the President and member of his team to see the challenge as a national issue. We must all rise up and face it. Blame game should not and is not an option. The President should carry members of his team and the governors along,” Secondus advised.
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.New and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.