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Insecurity: NEF, Onaiyekan carpets Buhari



Buhari Condemns Renewed Killings in Kaduna, Rivers

…Says FG has failed Nigerians

Northern Elders Forum, NEF, and Cardinal John Onaiyekan have taken President Muhammadu Buhari to task over insecurity in the country, election rigging and corruption within the presidency.

Speaking to journalists after NEF meeting in Zaria, chairman of the forum, Prof Ango Abdullahi said that the current insecurity in the North showcases leadership failure and irresponsibility of governance.

He called on President Buhari to demonstrate higher level of concern and sensitivity to the plight of traumatised citizens, especially in Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Benue, Niger, Plateau and Taraba States.

According to Abdullahi, “There is serious irresponsibility of governance in the country, especially in the North; the leadership is not doing enough to meet up the challenges of poverty and under-development.

“We also demand decisive, comprehensive and fundamental government actions against poverty, underdevelopment and insecurity affecting North as well as show leadership and compassion which are reciprocal expectation of the Nigerian people.”

NEF said recent report of an international organisation revealed that 90 per cent of the over 13.5 million children out-of-school in the country were from the North.

It added, “The children will be adult in the next 10 years; no education, no vocational training, what do you expect then?

Abdullahi expressed sadness that instead of development, northern states were living under horrendous Boko Haram threats, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, marauding youth gangs, herders and farmers clashes.

“It has become imperative for the forum to call President Muhammadu Buhari to respond to threats faced by northern Nigerians following incessant killings in some states,” he observed.

In a related development, Cardinal Onaiyekan lamenting about killings and state of the nation, said corruption is being perpetrated by those closer to the President, adding that corruption goes beyond stealing of money.

He said rigging of election in whichever means is worse than stealing billions of money that belong to the people.

The cleric said this in an interview with Good Shepherd, a Catholic Newspaper published by the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja on the sideline of the 2019 Cathedraticum Mass of the Bwari Deanary at St. James Dawaki, Onaiyekan

According to him, “a situation in Nigeria where Mr. President doesn’t see anybody competent except those who are from his village or religion, then that is gross corruption.

Assessing the fight against corruption by the Buhari government, Onaiyekan said “It is not what I think that the current government has fought corruption to a standstill, it is what everybody sees around us all the time. Everybody agrees now that right under the nose of Mr. President, stealing is still going on.

“The only thing is that, the media cannot say it as freely as they used to say it under (former President) Goodluck Jonathan. But the fact is there.

“But in my opinion, corruption is not only a matter of stealing money; there are other things that are worse than stealing money. If a government is not sincere in the things it says to the people, that is gross corruption.

“Rigging election in whatever means is even worse than stealing billions because in the rigging of elections, you steal my vote which has no monetary value; even the complaints that people are having about biased systems of appointment of key officers.”

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