Insecurity: “We can no longer afford to tell Buhari what he wants to hear” – ACF

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has decried Nigeria’s ‘rapid descent’ into strife, violence and lawlessness, noting that although it has been a supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, it can no longer afford to tell him what he wants to hear.

The ACF, in a statement by its Secretary-General, Murtala Aliyu, asked the president to reprioritise his programmes and free more resources to end the pervasive insecurity in the country.

The group said over the past few months, the security crisis in Nigeria has been deepening and there is a dangerous escalation of violence and bloodshed. “Criminal gangs, bandits, armed robbers, secessionist insurgents along with those that call themselves soldiers of so-called caliphate, have laid siege to Nigeria. More so, in the northern States”, the statement said.

“Although we count ourselves amongst his ardent supporters and have always wished him well, Nigeria’s rapid descent into strife, violence and lawlessness is getting to a point at which we can no longer afford to tell him only what he wants to hear

.”We do need to tell the president what he also needs to hear. We simply are unable to find any courteous or less painful words to describe the feeling of utter frustration among the broad masses of Nigeria, especially in the North, arising from the ineffectual management of the security crises by the president.

“The administration needs to re-prioritise its programmes and free more resources needed to end the pervasive insecurity that is bringing the country to its knees. We have a duty to tell the president what he needs to hear, which is that the patience of Nigerians is not limitless”.

Aliyu said the highly coordinated attack on the Kuje Prison in the Federal Capital (FCT), Abuja, and the mass escape of hardened criminals, many of whom are Boko Haram terrorists, have triggered an unprecedented wave of apprehension and panic among the long-suffering people, particularly of the North.

He added that the president in his Sallah message promised to deal with the situation before the end of his tenure saying, “As long as the crisis remains unabating, Nigerians will justifiably conclude that the government is ineffective and needs to do more if they will ever be able to quell the crises.

“No person other than the president has both the mandate and responsibility to ensure that the government of Nigeria maintains peace, security, order and good governance. We demand that President Buhari braces up without further delay and rise to today’s occasion”, he stressed.

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