Former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa has said Northern elders are unhappy with President Muhammadu Buhari over his (Buhari’s) poor handling of insecurity.
Bafarawa took a swipe at the Federal Government, accusing Buhari’s administration of neglecting the security of lives and property of Nigerians, while spending billions of naira on COVID-19.
He said less than 2,000 people have died as a result of COVID-19, whereas thousands of Nigerians have been killed by bandits and terrorists.
Bafarawa stated that leaders of the region can no longer keep quiet and allow more people to be killed, while the Federal Government does nothing.
He said thousands of people in the North have been displaced and children are orphaned as a result of the growing insecurity in the region.
He said: “We can’t keep silent because our person from the North is in power. If we don’t speak, when a Southerner becomes president, we won’t have the right to express our feelings.
“Thousands of people are displaced in the North and in other parts of the country. Instead of the government to spend N400 billion on COVID-19 vaccines, why can’t we spend it to buy security equipment? Insecurity is our Coronavirus in Nigeria.
“Just a few days ago, about 14 people were killed in my village in Sokoto. It is untrue that security is improving. It is getting worse. If you go to schools in the North, you’ll see many orphans whose parents have been killed by bandits.”
He added: “The threats and acts of armed banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other forms of arson being perpetrated in our region and Nigeria, in general, is taking an unnecessary dimension to the level that no sane society would watch and wrap up everything in the hands of the government.
“All of us as members of the society should bear it in mind that while the government does what it is supposed to do, we should also be seen to contribute our quota towards achieving the desired goals of ridding our society of these acts of barbarism.
“We should resolve that we could use any legitimate means through interaction, in the forms of meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences, and any other means possible to identify areas which border on insecurity issue and reach out to the government or its agencies for the purpose of generating ideas on how best the government could tackle the menace.
“The attention that Nigeria is giving to the issue of COVID-19 is getting out of proportion to the extent that other important key areas of our socio-economic development and prosperity are relegated to the background.”