Member of the House of Representatives from Plateau State in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yusuf Gagdi, has called out President Muhammadu Buhari for the worsening security situation in Nigeria.
The Representative from Plateau State in the All Progressives Congress (APC) noted that the recent upsurge in insecurity in the country resulted from the inability of the Buhari regime to deal decisively with factors indicative of rising animosity in the country, mutual suspicion and religious frontlines.
Yusuf who heads the House Committee on Navy, in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari recalled that on the 29th day of May 2015, the President resurrected the hope and optimism of bringing back robust economic transformation devoid of corruption and free from insecurity via his three-point agenda when he spoke highly about defending and protecting the constitution.
According to the lawmaker, “By simple reflection, you swore to uphold the primary responsibility of Government as enshrined in Section 14(b) thus the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”
He lamented that President Muhammadu Buhari declared explicitly that equitable and efficient strategies would be adopted by all the machinery of Government to end the wanton destructions of lives and property particularly those associated with the activities of Boko Haram which hitherto had extended beyond the North East to the North Central and other parts of Nigeria.
He regretted, “However, your Excellency, about six years down the line and having secured a second term mandate from Nigerians, it is heart-wrenching to note that insecurity has worsened in the country, leading to interrogative concerns by people.”
Yusuf Gagdi wondered what becomes of the value of food if farms are not safe for agriculture to thrive, asking on what is the significance of infrastructure devoid of security.
He observed that the issue of insecurity has reached a point where the current strategies being adopted by the President’s administration have failed and are in no way adequate to guarantee safety.
He added that they can no longer hold water in a cup let alone in a basket.
According to him, the gaps are becoming wider by the day with serious concerns such as the plight of many school children still in the den of bandits, adding that brazen daylight attacks on communities and travelers have become almost unabated.
He lamented the recent shameful raid on the highly fortified Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna, noting that the metropolitan attacks in Jos, Plateau State among others, have heightened fears of insecurity in Nigeria.
The lawmaker observed that the recent merger of command and control of the special military Operations in Plateau State extending to parts of Kaduna State, and Taraba State code named Operations Safe Haven with the office of the General Officer Commanding 3rd Armoured Division, Rukuba, Jos has failed to yield the desired results when compared to the successes recorded during the pre-merger period.
He decried, “The unjust amnesty to repentant Boko Haram fighters under Operation Safe Corridor policy even when many displaced Nigerians have not been adequately rehabilitated and reintegrated in their homeland is torturing to the psyche of many Nigerians.”
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