Disgruntled politicians sponsoring violence in several states –Buhari

By Editor on 07/07/2018

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday promised to wield the big stick against some unnamed politicians who he alleged were behind the violence rocking parts of the country.

He said such politicians would be fished out and dealt with accordingly.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke at the closing event of the 2018 Army Day celebrations held in Borno State.

The President was reported to have said the disgruntled politicians who had lost out were sponsoring violence in order to get relevance.

Buhari repeated what he told Christian leaders on Thursday, that a solution was being found to the deadly clashes between farmers and herdsmen, and whosoever was found culpable would be brought to justice.

While thanking the armed forces for keeping the country safe, Buhari acknowledged that there were still challenges being faced by the nation.

He said, “This does not mean there are no challenges. There are pockets of violence in several states.

“Some deliberately instigated by disgruntled politicians who have lost all arguments and are desperate to cause mayhem as a way of seeking relevance.  We shall fish them out and punish according to the provisions of the law.”

Making a self-assessment of the administration he has led in the last three years since his election, the President said, “We have worked tirelessly to ensure and preserve the dignity and sanctity of life.

 “We are all witnesses to the fact that our once battered economy as a nation has exited recession and it is once again vibrant. Our nation is safe again, thanks to the efforts of our security agencies.”

 Remaining Chibok, Dapchi girls will be released- President

Buhari also said that his administration would ensure the release of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls, that had yet to return home after being abducted by Boko Haram insurgents.

“I want to use this opportunity to reassure the world, Nigerians and the families of the remaining kidnapped Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu of the Dapchi schoolgirls that this administration will not relent in its efforts to see that they are all released.

“I also want to reassure all Nigerians that the issue of farmers and herdsmen clashes is being tackled and all those found culpable would be brought to justice.

“Let me quickly remind us at this point to always be tolerant, loving and ready to give peace a chance.”

Buhari reiterated what he said to the Christian Association of Nigeria, Northern Chapter, that none of the nation’s religions or cultures permitted the killing of one person by another.

The Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (retd.), commended the army for establishing a motorcycle battalion enhancing quick mobility and providing security in areas of unfavourable vehicular movements, and the Air Force for setting up rapid response groups in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

He assured all stakeholders that “appropriate measures are being put in place to address security challenges in the nation; the Armed Forces are currently handling Operation Delta Safe in the South-South, Operation Safe Haven in the North Central and Operation Awatse to combat militant activities in the Arepo general area and other parts of the South-West. Recently, the Nigerian Army established Operation Whirl Stroke to tackle insecurity in the North Central states.”

In his speech, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, said the military operations in the North-East were moving from engagements of a combat nature to humanitarian and civilian support services to assist the victims of the insurgency to return to their communities, which they were forced to abandon.

The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the choice of Monguno for the 2018 events was intended to celebrate the achievements of the army in its combat efficiency, civil-military relations and its efforts in research, development and technological attainments.

He said the army had accomplished the President’s objective of stabilising the North-East and other parts of the country, while assuring their unwavering support and loyalty to the President and the constitution.

On arrival at the Kinnasara Army Barracks in Monguno, Buhari inspected military equipment on display by the 21 Specialised Corps of the Nigerian Army, and inaugurated the first indigenous Mines Resistant and Ambush Armoured Vehicles.

Before his departure, the President also toured one of the largest camps housing Internally Displaced Persons in Monguno town.

Buhari’s govt characterised by threats –M’Belt youths

Commenting on Buhari’s statement, the President of the Middle Belt Youth Council, Emma Zopmal, said the present administration was characterised by threats.

Zopmal said, “He (the President) has consistently used fear-based leadership to assert himself in power. Threats have also characterised his regime all this while. His political opponents and some notable Nigerians have been at the receiving end.”

 He said that instead of accusing politicians, the President should ensure the arrest and prosecution of Miyetti Allah groups.

The Middle Belt youth leader stated, “He (Buhari) shouldn’t trump up accusations against some people targeted by him as ‘disgruntled politicians and allow his kinsmen who are the prime culprits walk freely.”

According to him, any attempt by the President to touch innocent people in the name of disgruntled politicians will ignite problem that he cannot contain.

Offer practical solutions, Plateau group tells President

On his part, the spokesman for the Miango Youths Development Association, Lawrence Zongo, said the President should proffer practical solutions to the killings in the country. Miango is an ethnic group in Plateau State.

Zongo also condemned a statement credited to the Presidency that people should release their land for ranching or risk death.

Buhari is politicising security issues, says PDP

Also, the Peoples Democratic Party accused Buhari of politicising security issues with his utterances.

Instead of tackling the matter squarely, the party said that the President had been busy looking for excuses for his alleged inefficiency.

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, who was reacting to the President’s speech at the Army Day celebrations, accused the President of breaking his own rules.

He said, “The President said Nigerians should not politicise the security problems facing the country.  We agreed with him.

“But instead of facing the challenge squarely, he has been busy pointing accusing fingers at his imaginary enemies. For how long will he continue to do this?

“We will rather call him to sit up and face the problems that are associated with his office instead of looking for excuses that are not there.

“He has failed as a President and he should not blame anyone for that.  We call on him to sit up and face security challenges and other challenges confronting him and the nation instead of looking for whom to blame for his ineptitude.”

Buhari’s failure caused Middle Belt crisis – ADC

In his reaction, the National Chairman of the African Democratic Congress, Chief Okey Nwosu, blamed the killings on Buhari’s incompetence.

Nwosu’s party, which has been adopted by the Coalition of Nigeria Movement, founded by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, noted that Buhari handled the North-East crisis better by ordering the military high command to relocate to Borno State on the day he assumed office.

He, however, said Buhari showed incompetence in the Middle Belt crisis when he failed to punish the Inspector-General of Police after the police boss failed to relocate to Benue State despite being ordered to do so.

Nwosu said, “The killings have been on for more than two years. In fact, when the President took over in 2015, he admitted that there were security challenges and on his first day, he ordered the relocation of the military high command to Borno State and you saw the result.

“What is happening in the Middle Belt is the consequence of wrong planning and misdirected strategic focus and the insensitivity of the people in power.

“The President said in Benue that the IG, who he had ordered to relocate to Benue, had not stayed there for over a day and the President took no action. When such things happen in the system, what do you expect? So, the Presidency is showing signs of sinking.”--Punch

Posted 07/07/2018 06:07:58 AM


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