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25 June 2020

Northern youths, Buhari’s aide trade blames over insecurity

The Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, and leader of the Coalition of Northern Youths were yesterday locked in blame games over the security situation in the country, especially the north.

Both personalities spoke in an interview with the Hausa Service of Radio Deutsche Welle monitored in Kaduna yesterday. Their encounter came on a day frontline politician in Kano, Hajiya Najatu Mohammed, did not only condemn the killings in the north but also asked former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma, retd, and former National Security Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo, Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, to speak up on the security situation in the north.

This is even as the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, declared yesterday that Nigerians have lost confidence in the ability of the Federal Government to reverse the violence in the north. On his part, Aminu Adam of a Coalition of Northern Youths, said his group has offered advice to the Federal Government on the security situation in the country but lamented that its efforts had been in vain. “We followed Buhari to America, we protested there, we told him the security situation is bad, he did nothing,” he alleged.
Countering him, the President’s aide, Bashir Ahmed, said Buhari was very sad about the security situation in the country but noted that security was the responsibility of everyone. “Buhari is extremely sad about the security situation; it is not something that we should come out and tell the public what would be done. Security is everyone’s concern, it is sad citizens are fighting citizens,’’ he said.

Also speaking on the security situation in the country, in an interview with Radio France International, RFI, yesterday, Hajia Mohammed specifically urged Babangida, Gusau and Danjuma to speak up, warning that their silence was counter-productive to the kind of North they would like their children to inherit. “Your children may be the victim of a troubled North because of your silence. You should speak out over these killings. Come out and advise Buhari. He needs your help, he can’t handle the situation alone,” she said. Hajia Mohammed took a swipe at the security agencies and decried a situation where the quest for succession was allegedly given premium over national interest. She added: “They (security agencies) are only concerned about succession. Nigeria, with all its wealth cannot effectively deploy drones in the fight against criminality.

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