The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, have blasted President Muhammadu over security matters, saying nobody takes Buhari seriously, not even the service chiefs.
The senator stated this on Wednesday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today. He was reacting to Buhari’s latest order to the Service Chiefs to identify leaders of bandits and kidnappers in the nation. Abaribe, however, said the President had not handled the challenges with a firm hand.
Abaribe lamented that: “Why would we take him (President Muhammadu Buhari) seriously? Just the day after he had said we would no longer accept all these kidnappings, this would be the last, they kidnapped the last day,” he said.
“And those people are still there; those innocent Nigerians are still in captivity up till now. He always makes a statement. Every time these things happen, nothing happens. So it is obvious nobody takes him seriously with that. Even the military chiefs, I don’t think they bother themselves.
“This is about the umpteenth time that we are hearing the President giving a marching order. Throughout the Buratai time as the Chief of Army Staff, he was always giving marching orders so he has given just another one.”
It would be noted that Nigeria has been experiencing spat of security threats ranging from terrorism, banditry, militancy, cultism, among others, in several parts of the country.
Terrorism has been the bane of society for more than a decade. In the northeast, it has lead to the death of over 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands.
The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) had split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at fake checkpoints.
Meanwhile, jihadist violence in Nigeria has spread to neighbouring countries like Chad, Cameroon, and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.