President Muhammadu Buhari has described those who criticize his administration over insecurity as “unpatriotic Nigerians”.
According to Buhari, his critic uses “isolated incidents” to access his administration’s performance, adding that insecurity was a global issue.
“Every country has security challenges; while we have made significant progress in fighting against terrorism, we acknowledge that there are new and emerging challenges of kidnapping and banditry. I assure you that we will not relent in our efforts to secure the country from criminal activities,” he said when he received the National Executive members of the Buhari Campaign Organisation at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday.
He further noted that although unpatriotic Nigerians chose to politicise the isolated incidents, he would do all within his power to protect the lives of all Nigerians.
“Those who politicise the isolated incidents of insecurity are not patriotic Nigerians. I am confident that this administration will use all the resources at its disposal to protect the lives of all Nigerians and not just prominent Nigerians but all,” Buhari said.
We also published a report on how the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, reacted to the cry of insecurity in the country. Gen. Buratai said that the cry over alleged insecurity were mere political game.
President Buhari and his Army Chief’s statement came a day after Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote an open letter to the president over the spate of insecurity in the country.
Naija Buzz News reported how Obasanjo warned against looming calamities over the insecurity situation in the nation in his open letter. The former president called for an urgent national conference to find a lasting solution.
Also, Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan while speaking earlier on Tuesday when he paid a condolence visit to the leader of Afenifere (the apex Yoruba socio-political group), Pa Reuben Fasoranti, over the murder of his daughter, Mrs. Funke Olakunri, said that there was security challenges during his time, but it has gotten worse now.
Naija Buzz News reported the gruesome killing of Mrs. Funke by suspected Fulani herdsmen (according to the Afenifere group). She was killed along the Ore-Sagamu road last Friday.
Jonathan said; “the Federal Government in conjunction with the state government must design a different approach to this issue. I was there as president and security challenge was there, but now it is getting worse every day and we can’t continue to use the same old method.”
He noted that every generation of humans faces their own problems and that generation must figure out a lasting solution to these problems.
Jonathan further called for the implementation of the 2014 National Conference report, saying that solutions and recommendations contained in the report were not written by him.
Read Ex-President Jonathan’s statement in parts below;
“Every government faces some unique problems. Insecurity has been with us immediately after the civil war. That was the first time we experienced armed robbery in Lagos. From armed robbery it graduated to kidnapping.
“The first major kidnapping was described as commercial kidnapping because some money exchanged hands which happened in 2006 when I was also a governor of Bayelsa State. From commercial kidnapping, it moved to terrorism in the North and now some kind of terrorist attacks all over the country, when people will just come out of the road and spray bullets on innocent people; that is a terrorist attack. You have no reason to attack somebody you don’t even know; that is terrorism.”
“A lot of things were discussed during the national conference organised during my time as President. The issues of security, state and community policing were discussed. I always believe that the government should look at that report, it was not written by me.
“We should not play politics with a serious national issue. If we look at that report, there are recommendations that bother on security and if there is an area that needs to be expanded because I believe every day new idea comes, it should be updated.
“There is nothing wrong holding a specific meeting to look at the issue of security. I believe in the federal and state governments having a new approach, deploying technology and having more money to protect our people.”
Obasanjo and Jonathan are not the only notable elite who have criticised the spate of insecurity in the nation. Naija Buzz News reported how Prof. Wole Soyinka while speaking when he marked his 85th birthday stated that the Buhari’s government had failed Nigerians.
We also reported how Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, berated the president following the death of Mrs. Funke. Dr. Ezekwesili noted that Buhari has shown his incompetence by the insecurity in the country.
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.