Mohammed Ali Ndume, Chairman of Senate committee on Army, has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari and the service chiefs over the worsening state of insecurity in the country.
On Wednesday gunmen attacked the Kuje Medium Correctional Centre in Abuja and released over 600 inmates, He stated that the attack would have not been a walk in the park if the right facilities were in place.
In an interview yesterday with Channels TV, Mr Ndume, who is an APC senator, representing Borno south, said the leadership has completely failed the primary objective to citizens such as security. He expressed his pains and disappointment; stating that the office of the President is capable of so much more.
“Honestly, we are in trouble, we shouldn’t take these things lightly. If we are serious, we should be talking about how to address this matter and what citizens need to do, not to be talking about or allowing people to be just speculative and we make it an issue.
I’m disappointed. I’m really disappointed with the response of so many leaders and it’s our responsibility. The responsibility of the government is the security and welfare of its citizens. And then you have leaders responding as if it is a casual thing and not their responsibility. I feel pained.
I feel pained to be called a senator and I’m almost like helpless,” he lamented.
Hinging his vexation on Mr Lawan’s comment that the attack was an inside job, Mr Ndume challenged the senate President to spill names if he is not speculating.
“I don’t want to get into that. You don’t just start speculating with serious business all this. If there is, let him say who it is or how.
All I’m saying is that we have a problem with the fundamental purpose of government in this country. The fundamental purpose of government, as stated in the Constitution is the security and welfare of its citizens. And we’re not doing well and that the earlier we realize that we need to get more people to possess more intelligence, more security agencies, personnel, and do better for us, but we’re not doing good in that area,” he said.
The Senator also added that he would have done better if he was in Buhari’s shoes. He stated that he was disgusted at the perpetual press releases that is cooked up by Buhari’s spokesperson whenever there is a tragic occurrence.
“The President is supposed to or whoever is responsible, is supposed to sit some people down and get results. This is not just by making statements. When it comes to issues like this, it is the President himself that is supposed to be talking to Nigerians, not some advisers on press,” he noted.
Source : Premium Times – July 8,2022 https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/541501-kuje-prison-attack-buhari-security-chiefs-have-failed-nigerians-ndume.html