Nigeria’s president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has expressed displeasure over what he described as the military’s inability to secure the lives and property of Nigerians.
This was also as he said his administration would maintain prudence by ensuring that people live within their means.
He made the statement in Kaduna yesterday when members of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, paid a courtesy visit on him, saying that his administration would promote fiscal discipline and tackle the problems of insecurity, unemployment and corruption.
Buhari, who received the leadership of ACF behind closed doors, lamented that “the Nigerian military has never been so incapacitated like now. It is a shame that the military cannot secure 14 Nigeria’s local governments out of the 774 local governments in the country.”
According to the president-elect, what is more worrisome is the fact that the military had to rely on South African machinery before it could gain recent successes in the war against Boko Haram.
He said, “My administration will concentrate on three major areas on assumption of office; that is, insecurity, the economy, unemployment and corruption. We will ensure we nip the insecurity in the bud.
“The Nigeria Army could not do small thing; they have to bring in South African machinery to enable them record the recent gains in the North-East.”
“I don’t know how many of you know this. I got to know about it few days ago that the recent game in the north-east was because South African mercenary were used.”
Buhari also assured that the incoming administration would pay more attention to the needs of the thousands of people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
Speaking on governance, the president-elect said his administration would make sure that every Nigerian lives within his earning, adding that “a situation where people live above their earnings will not be tolerated.”
Earlier, ACF chairman, Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie had told Buhari to strive towards addressing the major problems facing Nigerians of recent.
“The level of decay, the collapse of our moral values and level of corruption, crime, unemployment, impoverishment of the citizenry in general and our rural populace in particular, and the near disregard for human life have never been manifest as in the last six years,” he said.

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