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Why Buhari has failed in providing security, by Arewa group

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Convener of Arewa Research and Development Programme (ARDP) Dr. Usman Bujage has said prioritising loyalty over competence was responsible for Federal Government’s failure to effectively tackle insecurity in the country.

Bugaje, who stated this at a media briefing in Kaduna, said security agencies’ assurances to secure lives and property have become increasingly hollow and as such, people now resort to self-help.

He queried President Muhammadu Buhari’s continued retention of Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai and other non-performing security chiefs, in spite of the country’s worsening security situation and economic downturn.

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He, however, acknowledged that the military was being overstretched, as officers were being deployed to over 30 states of the federation to fight insecurity.

His words: “Government has not only failed in providing security, but has failed in providing affordable healthcare, education, transport and improve other sectors.

“Government has not been performing, because we have not prioritised competence, we are prioritising loyalty and we seem not to have an idea of governance in the 21st century.”

Reacting yesterday, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declared that Buratai’s comments on our national security was an affirmation of Buhari’s failure as Commander-In-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement noted that the blame should go to the President, who swore to an oath as the Commander-in- Chief, to ensure security of lives and property of all Nigerians, but had failed even in his own promise to lead.

Besides, the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) said recent attacks by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), were prompted by increased pressures from foreign collaborators to establish a Caliphate.

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Spokesman of MNJTF, Col. Timothy Antigha in a statement in Maiduguri yesterday, disclosed that task force was working with other national armed forces to curb terrorists’ efforts to convert the Lake Chad region to a sanctuary.

He said the recent attacks were targeted at military posts and other civilian soft targets in the Lake Chad region.

However, troops of 112 Task Force Battalion and 22 Brigade, Nigerian Army have killed three terrorists on Saturday in patrol clearance operations in Kobe-Boboshe axis of Borno state.

The coordinated joint military operations with Civilian JTF; led to the rescue of 95 captives, comprising women, children and men from two villages; earlier claimed by Boko Haram.

Army Spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, disclosed that the troops discovered a newly established camp at Dubula village with bicycle and motorcycle tracks, saying the camp was destroyed, with the killing of a terrorist, while attempting to escape.

Meanwhile, Buratai has revealed that Boko Haram’s alleged humanitarian assistance to some communities in Borno State was false, insisting that the claim was aimed at propagating terrorists’ activities in Northeast.

He stated this when he visited Governor Babagana Umara at Government House, Maiduguri and challenged those who claimed that terrorists were constructing boreholes and providing aid to some communities in Borno to come out with facts.

“I don’t believe Boko Haram terrorists are building boreholes. Where will they get the drilling machines to move around without being identified? It is mere propaganda,” he added.


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