Ex-Lawmaker Faults Buhari, APC Over Fight Against Insecurity
A former member of the National Assembly from Plateau State, Honourable Bitrus Kaze has accused President Mohammadu Buhari and the APC-led federal government of bias in its fight against insecurity in the country, reminding Buhari of his promise to ‘belong to everybody and to nobody.”
In a statement issued in Jos, Kaze noted that the APC controlled federal government has carried on with the fight against insecurity as if some sections of the country matter more than others. “While taking over the reins of power, President Muhammadu Buhari relocated the military command centre to Maiduguri where it will remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued.
Also, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has of recent been traversing Borno State and other parts of the North East, the birthplace and operational base of the Boko Haram insurgents.
But most regrettably, the federal government has completely turned a blind eye to the perpetual killings by ‘unknown herdsmen’ on the Plateau.”
He said, “since the APC took over power in May this year, an average of ten lives comprising mostly innocent women and children, have been wasted on a daily basis in Plateau State particularly in Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Bokkos LGAs.”
Kaze added that, “beginning with the 2016 appropriations, the APC-led federal government plans to spend at least N100 billion annually on a ten-year amnesty programme targeted at the Boko Haram terrorists notwithstanding that they have consistently rejected any amnesty offer.”
He also observed that while the counter-insurgency war still rages, the President has already concluded plans to rebuild the North East with a whooping USD 2.1 billion loan from the World Bank, adding also that Buhari has appointed two natives of Borno State into key command positions of the security forces, yet “the only native of Plateau he met in a command position, CGI David Paradang was thrown out of office despite fully complying with directives issued by the Permanent Secretary who crafted his removal.”
He also lamented that though “The recently appointed National Security Adviser and Service Chiefs have been crisscrossing the North East, unfortunately none of them has spared a thought for Plateau State.”
Kaze noted that the President himself has repeatedly acknowledged that Plateau people shunned ethnic, sectional and religious sentiments, which enabled him to receive votes from the state unprecedented in the history of his political career.
What else can the minority ethnic nationalities on the Plateau do to assuage the brutal annihilation of our traumatized people? When shall the APC-led one-man-knows-it-all federal government fulfil its electoral promises to end the pogrom on the Plateau?”