President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

More APC members criticising Buhari over rising insecurity

NEWS DIGEST – President Muhammadu Buhari is faced with a race against time to answer his security critics after friends in the APC joined the opposition and Nigerians to berate the continuous surge of insurgency and abductions in the country.

In the past, members of the All Progressive Congress had refrained from publicly chastising the president and backlashes had largely been from the opposition.

On one occasion that an APC member, Salihu Tanko-Yakassai criticised Buhari on security, saying “we as APC government, at all levels, have failed Nigerians in the number 1 duty we were elected to do,” he was sacked the next day by Governor Ganduje for making “unguarded comments and utterances.”

The country has continued to see abductions without fail and APC politicians are beginning to throw their weight behind the criticisms.

Yesterday at a senate plenary, Smart Adeyemi, an APC Senator of Kogi West, had a tough time recounting the security challenges the country was faced with.

“From the North to the South, nobody is safe. Nobody can travel 50km in our nation,” Adeyemi broke down in tears as he spoke.

Having announced that more than 70 persons were killed by herders in the last two weeks, Samuel Ortom, Benue state governor, finds the federal government culpable for refusing to “take a proactive step to arrest” the ugly security situation of the country.

“It is not acceptable,” Ortom said.

Ortom’s colleagues in Niger and Borno state, Governors Sani Bello and Babagana Zulum, aren’t well pleased either with the performance of the president.

Borno state has since 2009 suffered attacks from Boko Haram and it hasn’t stopped in six years of President Buhari. More recently in December, 76 farmers cultivating a rice farm in Zabarmari, Borno, were listed as the total casualties of a Boko Haram attack.

“I think it is my own responsibility to come and say the truth to Mr President,” Zulum told state correspondents on Tuesday after a meeting with the president. “It is very pathetic.”

Bello’s Niger is one of the states affected by many high-profile kidnappings already effected by gunmen this year. The Kagara abduction in February saw 27 students and three staffs abducted before their release, 10 days later.

A day before the release of the Kagara boys, more than 300 school girls were kidnapped in neighbouring state, Zamfara.

Bello said Tuesday on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) that the fear of Boko Haram is driving people away from his state.

APC Senator, Bima Enagi, explained that women were being raped and married against their will to members of Boko Haram.

“We cannot continue to allow Boko Haram to hoist flags in Nigerian territories. What is our army doing? What are all security agencies doing?” Enagi said.

It was expected, back in February, when the president announced the names of new security chiefs, that the change to the security architecture of the country would help mitigate the security crisis of the country.

Since then, the security situation has worsened from abductions of secondary school students to abductions of university students and residents, and bandits continued, without fail, to terrorise highways and villages in the country, especially in the North.

This continuous surge of insecurity, said Smart Adeyemi, must cause APC chieftains to speak up despite their party affiliations with the president.