– President Muhammadu Buhari recently blamed COVID-19 as one of the reasons why the fight against insurgency has been slow
– Some Nigerians say the excuse by the president was not tenable
– The citizens also said they are tired of the consistent excuses of the Buhari administration
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Some Nigerians say they are tired of the many excuses of President Muhammadu Buhari over the consistent attacks by terrorist group, Boko Haram.
The residents who spoke to Vanguard were reacting to the president’s recent comments that the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down the fight against insurgency in the region.
Reacting to Buhari’s claim, residents took him to task saying they were tired of excuses on the failure of the government to secure the country.
In their reactions, the citizens argued that such excuses were just afterthought after spending five years in office as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces which were unacceptable to them.
A former chairman of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Mr Ledum Mitee, described as a sign of failure the excuses given by President Buhari on why Boko Haram was still not fully defeated.
Mitee stated that the excuse was that of a bad labourer who blamed his tools for his failure to deliver, adding that the administration has failed the people.
His words: “We have heard it being boasted by this same government several times that Boko Haram has been crushed, yet the activities of this terrorist group are escalating and even threatening other parts of the country.”
For Jennifer Yarima, Plateau state chairperson of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, the president was not being sincere in his comments.
“That is not an excuse, we won’t take it. Just like he said that he doesn’t know what next to do, it seems he has exhausted his ideas, he doesn’t know what to do, let’s get people that will help us fight,” she said.
The Christian Association of Nigeria chairman in Kaduna state, John Joseph Hayab, said: “Our government will never be tired of excuses. Boko Haram has been killing and causing pains in the northeast long before COVID-19. Everything is not going on well and the excuses are no longer constructive.
“President Buhari and his team should be humble enough to ask for help from those who can help and stop giving Nigerians flimsy excuses.”
Alhaji Umar Sani, 2019 PDP presidential campaign council spokesperson said: “I believe the president was either misled, misguided or misinformed about the happenings in the country.”
According to a chieftain of Arewa Consultative Forum, Anthony N Z Sani, “Nigeria is going through difficult times but hard times should bring about purposeful leadership and the best in everyone instead of divisive narratives.”
A Security Analyst, Colonel Harold Hambe (rtd) observed that the president’s excuse of insufficient resources was untenable.
According to him, “something is wrong somewhere, somehow and it is the responsibility of the government to unravel the misery behind the way and manner the issue of insurgency is being handled.”
Recall that a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Obadiah Mailafia, had alleged that one of the governors in northern Nigeria is a Boko Haram commander.
Days after Mailafia’s statement, he was invited by the country’s secret police arm, the Department of State Services (DSS).
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Human Right Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) decried the “unnecessary harassment of citizen Dr Obadiah Mailafia.”
HURIWA charged the authorities in Nigeria to instead act on the information revealed by Mailafia.
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