Northern Elders call on Buhari to take blame for insecurity in Nigeria


    THE Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to take the blame for the rate of insecurity in the country and not pass the buck to the opposition, his critics or predecessors. 

    Speaking on a Channels Television programme on Friday, the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed said there is enough evidence to show that  the president needs to do more for the country. 

    Baba-Ahmed said that the President was unconvincing in his excuses on the reasons the country was mired in security challenges. 

    He also dismissed Buhari’s passing of the buck to his arm of critics and the opposition.

    According to him, all the president seem to be doing well is to blame others for his failures. 

    Baba-Ahmed reminded the president that it is part of his job to make the opposition look as bad and less effective in their quest to prove that he was incapable to leading and securing the country. 

    The spokesman noted further that it is wrong for the  government to dismiss criticisms, against the President as  mere talk from the opposition when the problems are glaring. 

    He wondered if the presidency  understood the depth of the problem before the country.

    He said: “This country is facing unprecedented levels of insecurity and there is no sign of any new response from the government, other than the same responses of previous administrations.”

    Baba-Ahmed, who is former permanent secretary to the Federal Government bemoaned that in face of the pressure faced by the Army in the North East, the country is losing the war against the terrorism and banditry.

    He said, “let the president fix security. If he can’t do it, then let him do something that indicates that he is capable of securing Nigerian.

    “Every day our lives are getting worse. How long can we wait for him to get round to fixing things, which are getting worse.“


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