Insecurity: Afenifere Challenges Buhari’s Authority As President 

Afenifere, Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate his authority as the Nigerian President.

The group, while raising alarm on the surging insecurity in the country, queried Buhari’s awareness on the current state of the country.

Speaking in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade Jare Ajayi, the group, while acknowledging various cases of criminal activities across the country, said no part of the country is safe.

The group added that in Ogbomoso, Oyo State in the South-West, three cases of kidnapping were recorded which included death of the victims.

The group remarked that insecurity keeps dwindling due to the “kid-glove manner” with which government is dealing with it, adding that, “terrorists and kidnappers have been so emboldened that they now attack security institutions at will and malevolently go into houses of their victims to deal with fellow Nigerians – all under the watch of government and security agencies!”

“Instances that can be cited in this respect included the following: Reports have it that bandits on the night of Sunday, August 7, attacked and killed three persons while scores were reportedly abducted by the attackers in Bali town, headquarters of Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.

“The bandits began to raid people from house to house after overpowering the security personnel at the checkpoint.

“Just last Friday, four police officers were killed when gunmen attacked Agwa Divisional Police Headquarters in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria’s South-east.”

The group further argued that the among other reasons, insecurity has persisted due to “uncoordinated strategies.”

Afenifere also condemned the idea of re-integrating confirmed terrorists and bandits “as evidence had shown that such seemingly reintegrated bandits go ahead to commit crimes that are more heinous than the ones they were known for beforehand”.

“Equally important, President Muhammadu Buhari needs to come out and let perpetrators of terrorism and kidnapping know that he has had enough. He should let them realize that the pact he signed with Nigerians was not to come and see to the serial termination of their lives but to ensure their security, improve their welfare and move the nation to a desirable next level. Unfortunately, the president has not been able to deliver on any of the desirables. He only brought to the nation, the negatives which were far from the expectation of anybody.” the statement added.

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