Plateau APC rep blames insecurity on Buhari – Punch Newspapers

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An All Progressives Congress member in the House of Representatives from Plateau State, Yusuf Gagdi, has blamed the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for the worsening security situation in the country.

The lawmaker said that the failure of the Buhari regime to deal decisively with factors indicative of rising animosity in the country, mutual suspicion and religious frontlines were responsible for the recent upsurge in the security challenges.

The federal legislator, who heads the House Committee on Navy, stated this in an open letter to the President on Friday.

He said, “On the 29th day of May 2015, you resurrected the hope and optimism of bringing back robust economic transformation devoid of corruption and free from insecurity via your three-point agenda when you spoke highly about defending and protecting the Constitution.

“By simple reflection, you swore to uphold the primary responsibility of Government as enshrined in Section 14(b) thus:” the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.

“You declared explicitly that equitable and efficient strategies would be adopted by all the machinery of Government to end the wanton destructions of lives and properties particularly those associated with the activities of Boko Haram which hitherto had extended beyond the North East to the North Central and other parts of Nigeria.

“However, your Excellency, about six years down the line and having secured a second term mandate from Nigerians, it is heart-wrenching to note that insecurity has worsened in the country leading to interrogative concerns by people.

“What is the value of food if farms are not safe for agriculture to thrive; What is the significance of infrastructure devoid of security?”

He added that “the issue of insecurity has reached a point where the current strategies being adopted by your administration have failed and are in no way adequate to guarantee safety.”

“As it is, they can no longer hold water in a cup let alone in a basket.

“The gaps are becoming wider by the day with serious concerns such as the plight of many school children still in the den of captives; brazen daylight attacks on communities and travelers which have become almost unabated.

“The recent shameful raid on the highly fortified Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna; and the metropolitan attacks in Jos, Plateau State among others. All these have heightened fears of insecurity in Nigeria.

“The recent merger of command and control of the special military Operations in Plateau State extending to parts of Kaduna State, and Taraba State code named Operations Safe Haven with the office of the General Officer Commanding 3rd Armoured Division, Rukuba, Jos; has failed to yield the desired results when compared to the successes recorded during the pre-merger period.

“The unjust Amnesty to repentant Boko Haram fighters under Operation Safe Corridor policy even when many displaced Nigerians have not been adequately rehabilitated and reintegrated in their homeland is torturing to the psyche of many Nigerians.”

Reacting to the current situation in his home state, the Plateau lawmaker said, “Plateau is undoubtedly a miniature Nigeria.”

He said, “It is the North of the South and the South of the North. You were once in Jos as the General Officer Commanding the 3rd Armoured Division and I have no doubt in my mind that you are aware that the serenity of the state and the peaceful nature of its people is second to none in Nigeria.

“The state has always been known as the Home of Peace and Tourism.

“However, the resurgence of killings and mayhems that have visited the state in the last few weeks might have revealed a laxity of leadership at the centre in being proactive towards addressing justly and equitably reported cases of attacks and threats to lives and properties.”

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