By Maryam Zakari
A former senator and minister of State for the FCT, Solomon Ewuga, has said that why the North is in a mess is that its great misfortune is that the president is from the region, because according to him, there is nothing to show for it.
Ewuga, who is also a former deputy governor of Nassarawa State, stated this during a Liberty TV/Radio programme: “State of the Union” yesterday.
According to him, “The North has the highest level of insecurity, unemployment and illiteracy, yet it had produced so many presidents and Heads of States”, and queried: “Of what benefit is it for the North to continue to produce leaders when the region cannot compete with other parts of the country?”
On the rising spate of insecurity, he said “there seems to be a disconnect between what the president is saying and what the security operatives are doingx; he cited the example of the assurance that President Buhari gave to Nigerians that the recent Jangebe school abduction will be the last, which has proved otherwise.
He further said that for a government that had as one of its campaign promises, the security of lives and property of the citizens, this is unacceptable.
On the schools abductions, he said with the level of technology there’s no reason why the kidnappers should be getting away with their victims without being tracked.
Commenting on the nation’s porous borders, he said, “Guns brought in from other countries are available for sale on our borders for very little amounts; and this could be the reason for the rising spate of insecurity in the North and called on the Government to seriously address the challenges.
“On a daily basis, the hopes of Nigerians are being dashed due to the myriads of problems they are confronted with”, he concluded.