INSECURITY IN NIGERIA : Jonathan, Governors trade blame


Nigeria’s security situation appears to have no immediate forseen solution in view of new tactics daily being introduced by Boko Haram insurgents and the number of deaths recorded daily in the north east part of the country.                                                                                        Though security agencies dish out figures daily on seeming recorded successes through its spokesman,Major General Olukolade,the restiveness of the terrorists and utterances of the President, governors and some northern leaders may have indeed started to make Nigerians to be enveloped in uneasy calm and already wondering whether the federal government is actually on top of the situation.                                                                                                                       In the ongoing melee,Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has joined the theather of blame trading on the insurgency as he last Saturday publicly lampooned the governors of the states of the north east for what he termed “failing to take firm decisions to reduce the incentives for insurgency among the youth in those states.”                       Said Jonathan at the venue of a unity rally of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, held in Bauchi,”it is a shame and regret that those who are blaming the federal government for bad leadership had been in the saddle for seven,eight years, but had been unable to give their youth the right conditions such as education, which would prevent them from being easy prey for criminal and terrorists  organisations.                                                                                                              “A governor will come and say bad leadership,the question to ask is bad leadership from who? If you see what they wear, rags,they don’t wear normal clothes,all they put on is not worth N10, but they carry assault rifles with bullets worth more than N250,000 and yet somebody gives them food so they can have strength to kill.”  “Despite the constitutional provision, I have done my own part by ensuring that 12 states which had no university in the north when I came on board now have and we will make sure that we fund them and improve the quality of education in the universities,but the state governors must do their own job.”he added.                                                On their part,the Borno state governor,Kashim Shettima and his katsina state counterpart,Shema had at different fora blamed the federal government for not doing enough in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency in their states.                                                          Chairman,Arewa Consultative Forum, Alhaji Ibrahim  Coomasie,a former Inspector General of Police had in a media interview recently disclosed that the north was frustrated with its place in Nigeria because “it had been abandoned with its security challenges.”            Coomasie added,”as a leader, I get worried every day, we are being treated as if we are actually not welcomed in the country any longer.”   Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar had also recently while receiving in audience President Jonathan in Sokoto urged him to use all his powers to end the Boko Haram insurgency.                                 Only last week too,the Lamido of Adamawa,  Alhaji Mustapha Barkindo, traditional head of Adamawa, one of the most Boko Haram ravaged states cried to high heavens,saying that his kingdom in the north could  consider withdrawing formally from Nigeria and join their kith and kin in Cameroon if, according to him, conditions in Nigeria continue to be unbearable.                                                                          Lamido of Adamawa, whose outburst is coming on the heels of seeming frustration from dastardly killings of his subjects by Boko Haram group spoke at the national confab venue in Abuja last week.    He added,”the bloodshed is becoming too much,we are becoming like a people left to themselves without any form of protection.              Also contributing to the regime of blame trading,the Arewa Youth Forum accused the President, northern governors,religious leaders and northern leaders of politicising the Boko Haram insurgency.     The AYF chairman,   Gambo Gujungu, rising from a meeting of the forum in Kaduna recently said “those concerned especially northern leaders were busy concentrating more on their election fortunes in 2015 general election instead of frontally tackling the deadly Boko Haram insurgency.                                                              Meanwhile,Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state has reacted to President Jonathan’s comments of last weekend insisting that he should be held responsible because “he is the Commander-in-chief of the armed forces in charge of security”,whilst his Borno state counterpart,Kashim Shettima also issued a statement in Maiduguri stating that he inherited the Boko Haram killings, hence he could not be blamed.

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