The Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Prof Ango Abdullahi, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is not doing enough to stop the growing security challenges facing the country.
The NEF chairman was reacting to the Presidency’s assertion that the kidnap of the district head of Daura, Buhari’s hometown in Katsina State, had shown the security agencies were not giving any town preferential treatment.
Abdullahi claimed that the current security issues in the North was worse than when Goodluck Jonathan was leading the country.
The NEF leader urged the Presidency to focus on securing lives and property in the country.
He told The Punch, “I don’t understand what the reaction from the Presidency is expected to convey to the public.
“They (Presidency) should be concerned that the security failures are everywhere, including the hometown of the President.
“Obviously there is more insecurity in the North today than during Jonathan’s leadership.”
The group last month said a spate of banditry in Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Sokoto states would persist without effective policing.
They also said Buhari had no political will to effectively secure the lives and property of the citizens.
Abdullahi, who conveyed the position of the NEF, said the police lacked the capacity to tackle the security challenges because they lacked manpower.
The professor of agronomy had said, “The President has the responsibility to face these challenges. The President, according to what we know of the Nigerian structure and the constitution and the instrument of power, he has the instrument to deal with the challenges.”