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Shehu Sani accuses FG of bias in tackling northern security challenges


Nigerian lawmaker Senator Shehu Sani on Friday accused the Federal Government of being selective in addressing security challenges in some parts of the country.

Sani, who represents Kaduna Central Constituency in the Nigerian Senate, alleged that the Muhammadu Buhari government has been more attentive to cases of extra-judicial killings in South-West than the rate of banditry and kidnapping in the north.

“The FG shows more concern over the extrajudicial killing of one person from the South West over the mass and continuous killings and Kidnappings in the north,” Sani said in a Facebook post.

Insecurity has claimed over 20,000 lives in Borno, Zamfara, Kaduna and Sokoto State since the All Progressives Congress government took over power in 2015. Over 30,000 persons have also been displaced due to security unrest.

The unrest in these states has been largely connected to attacks by the Boko Haram insurgency group, armed bandits, kidnapping, religious and inter-communal clashes. The violence in these northern states increased calls for the declaration of a state of emergency by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari, however, did not declare a state of emergency in any of the states despite the unrests.

But Sani believes the federal government is being selective in the level of security attention and response to cases of unrest in the north.

He said, “power driven by perception attends to those who question it not to those who worship it.”

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