A northern elder statesman and Chairman of the Northern Elders Council, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari for saying his security chiefs are still racking their brains to tackle the ongoing killings in some parts of the country.
This is just as a former Minister of Education and co-Convener of the BringBack OurGirls movement, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, also chided the President over the comment, saying Buhari was “detached from reality.”
The President had on Wednesday urged Nigerians to be patient with him as his administration made efforts to tackle ongoing killings in parts of the country.
Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had said his security team were racking their brains to come up with a lasting solution.
The President had stated this while condemning the killings of scores of people, including a district head, in Gandi village in the Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State by bandits.
Yakasai, in an interview on Thursday, said if the security agencies did not yet have a firm programme to tackle the killings, it was a bad omen for the 2019 elections which Nigerians were looking forward to.
He said, “I feel disappointed because all this while; is there no clear-cut strategy on how to deal with these problems? You know that it started with Zamfara, and moved on to Kaduna. Then it got to Plateau, and then to Nasarawa, Benue and the rest of the country. Is it now that they are thinking of strategies on how to deal with the issues? This is a very serious issue, particularly as we are approaching the elections in 2019.
“If we do not have a firm programme to deal with the situation in these states, what do we do when the election comes? I am honestly not impressed.
“I read what the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said when he met with the President recently. He said the President was thinking of reorganising the security architecture. But what we heard from the Speaker is quite different from what the President is now saying. If the President wants to reorganise his security architecture, that means there must have been a blueprint on how to deal with the security situation. It is not a good commentary honestly.”
Meanwhile, on Twitter on Thursday, Ezekwesili criticised the President for asking for more patience.
She said, “Did he (Buhari) just say be patient? This is all we need as citizens to know that our President is very detached from the reality of what his people have been telling him to stop the killings. His security teams are racking their brains? This is too much.”