Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s approach to the escalating spate of insecurity in the country is lackadaisical to the extent that even the service chiefs do not take his orders seriously.
Abaribe made the claim in an interview on Wednesday.
There has been a sharp rise in crimes such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery on school children, travellers and Nigerians in general across the country, especially the northern part of the county.
According to the Senate Minority Leader, whenever a security breach is reported, President Buhari only makes a statement but is not backed up by concrete action.
“Why would we take him (President Muhammadu Buhari) seriously? Just the day after he had said we would no longer accept all these kidnappings, this would be the last, they kidnapped the last day,” Abaribe said on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“And those people are still there; those innocent Nigerians are still in captivity up till now. He always makes a statement. Every time these things happen, nothing happens. So it is obvious nobody takes him seriously with that. Even the military chiefs, I don’t think they bother themselves.
“This is about the umpteenth time that we are hearing the President giving a marching order. Throughout the Buratai time as the Chief of Army Staff, he was always giving marching orders so he has given just another one.”
The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade, a situation that has led to the death of thousands of people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands in the northeast.
The North-West region is currently ravaged by banditry, while the South-West region is bedevilled by kidnapping.