The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday accused some defeated politicians in the just concluded general elections of being responsible for the current heightened insecurity in parts of the country.
Buratai leveled the accusation in Maiduguri when he received the House Committee on Army led by its Chairman, Rep. Remande Shawulu, at the Theatre Command.
“The myriad of security challenges we are facing now in the North West, North Central and other parts of the country, I want to believe and rightly so, is the fall out of the just concluded general elections.
“There are several political interests, politicians in particular not happy with their defeat and therefore, trying to take revenge, sponsoring some these criminal activities.
“There are strong political undertone, strong political influence.
“So, I will use this opportunity to call on the honourable members here to prevail on some of these politicians to look at national interest first before any other political or sectional interest.
“We have some strong evidences but we are still being cautious so that we don’t get it wrong,’’ Buratai said.
The army chief advised those politicians against doing anything to aggravate the security challenges.
Earlier, Shawulu said that the committee was at the theatre for its usual oversight function.
He paid tribute to officers and soldiers, who had died in course of the counter insurgency operation, saying they sacrificed their lives for the security and peace of the North East and country at large.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee visited the Maimalary Military Cemetery, where three personnel killed by IED on Monday were buried and 7 Division Military hospital to empathise with wounded soldiers.
In a related development, barely three weeks to the end of the 8th Senate, Senator Chukwuka Utazi representing Enugu North Senatorial district, on Tuesday, sponsored a motion for a bridge in the gap between rich and poor Nigerians.
In the motion, the Enugu lawmaker expressed fears that Nigeria’s poor masses may ignite a revolution against the rich if recent happenings in the country were anything to go by.
He stressed that the audacious kidnappings and upsurge in banditry by criminal elements against well-meaning Nigerians which have defied all known security measures were testamentary to his fears.
His motion “Observes with alarm the rapacious daredevilry among the young people in Nigeria and the sharp upsurge in violent crimes especially kidnapping, arm robbery and unprovoked attacks on innocent persons across the whole landscape of Nigeria.”
Utazi pointed out that no Nigeria highway in any part of the zone was safe any longer, noting that the Nigerian elite have abandoned driving on roads to travelling by train.
Describing the challenge as multifarious, he observed that North-Central Nigeria known for farming is now under the grip of killer herders, a situation he warned would lead to famine.
“Today, the chicken has returned home to roost; the downtrodden are revolting,” Utazi insisted.
In his contribution, Senator Shehu Sani decried the absence of priority for the poor masses in government programmes, stating that as parliamentarians, there was pressure from the poor people on them.
Sani noted that the socio-economic pattern of Nigeria was that of master-servant relationship which he said cannot work again.
He called for a conscious intervention to better the life of poor Nigerians.
The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan said the Senate could quickly introduce the desired laws despite time constraints.
“Though, we have three weeks to go, we can do something particularly that it was common knowledge to all of us that we witnessed the condition of Nigerians when we went on campaign,” he said.
Source: Daily Post