One of the most prominent politicians in Kaduna State, Lawal Adamu Usman, popularly known as Mr. LA, has warned that the recent deplorable condition of insecurity in the country constitutes the most serious and biggest threat to next year’s general elections.
According to a press statement issued to newsmen, Mr. La stated that the security situation might not allow the election to hold, especially if voters are not allowed to exercise their rights because of fear of being harmed, kidnapped, or killed.
Mr. La, a senatorial aspirant for Kaduna-Central in the forthcoming election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), said the Federal Government appears to be struggling to nip the ugly situation in the bud but stressed that its current effort is not good enough.
According to him, the current worsening insecurity ravaging the country, especially in the North-West region, saying the threats must be effectively tackled to ensure the conduct of the elections.
Mr. LA, who was the senatorial candidate for Kaduna-Central in the February 2019 election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP),
bemoaned the recent attack that occurred after terrorists launched a daring attack on the Abuja-Kaduna bound train
around Katari-Rijana area in Kaduna State, when gunmen opened fire on it, killing some passengers with others sustaining injuries and others kidnapped by the terrorists.
He expressed concern that the unrelenting attacks call to question the strategies and tactics being adopted by the nation’s security forces.
According to him, if not well-managed, the various bandit-terrorists will take advantage of the 2023 election if adequate security is not put in place. “Therefore, before the 2023 general elections, Government should strengthen all the securities apparatus to be able to demonstratively address the situation beyond lip service.
He further lamented that terrorists have in recent times stepped-up attacks on some communities and public facilities across the region, and expressed disappointment and sadness with the increasing spate and sophistication of their coordinated attacks in the region.
Hon. Usman also recalled the recent attack by bandits in Giwa LGA of Kaduna State, where about 50 people were killed while an unspecified number of persons were abducted in nine communities as well as the weekend’s temporary take over of the Kaduna International Airport by over 200 well-armed terrorists.
He said, “We find it ironic that Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, had in 2014 criticised the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, calling them incompetent. At that time, he publicly declared that as the opposition party then, they had no apologies for pointing out to Nigerians that the government is incompetent and had failed in its primary responsibility, which is to provide security for the citizens.
“The years since 2014 may have led some people to forget el-Rufa’i’s accusation, but the same situation has now continued to trail the present administration, and has exposed its failure to tackle the unending insecurity bedevilling, not only the masses but now the elites in Kaduna State, the North, and Nigeria at large.
“If Kaduna, with all the military formations, can’t defend several communities under attack, can’t secure the airport and a moving train then its time to ask for international help”, he added.
He warned that unless the Buhari administration solves this insecurity issue, ultimately, post-2023 it would be defined solely by its failure to respond to the ongoing incessant attacks and abductions of innocent citizens and not by anything else.
While regretting the recent killing and kidnapping in the State, he sympathised with their families with whom we share the aim of the safe return of all the innocent kidnapped victims.
“We mourn the dead and offer our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased”, he stated.