Ali Ndume, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari and the military leaders for the country’s escalating security situation.
In light of the unfortunate attack on Kuje jail on Tuesday, Mr. Ndume, an APC senator from Borno South, claimed that the nation’s leadership had failed to fulfill its first duty to the people.
In its most recent strike, the continental terrorist organization ISWAP broke into the Kuje Medium Correctional Center in Abuja and freed almost 600 prisoners.
In the attack that resulted in the murder of an NSCDC officer and the destruction of the prison’s property, all 64 Boko-Haram militants there were among the prisoners who fled.
In an interview with Channels Television on Thursday, Mr. Ndume claimed that if the jail facility had enough employees and proper armament, the invasion would not have been as simple.
“I’m sure if there was a proper response that day, those people would have apprehended or neutralized, as you call them. But there was no proper response, and they said it lasted for hours into the time they were attacked. No support from anyone,” the Senator said.
He bemoaned the lackluster attitude of the current administration, which has placed people in positions of authority who are not capable of leading, using the phrase “Khaki’s strokers.”
According to Mr. Ndume, the current administration has brought the performance of the nation’s three branches of government to an all-time low.
The Borno South Senator did not name anyone, but he used the opportunity to criticize Mr. Buhari and Senate President Ahmad Lawan for their remarks made when they visited the scene of the tragedy.
Mr. Lawan’s assertion that the attack was an inside job irked Mr. Ndume, who pressed the Senate President for names if he wasn’t just 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.
Mr. Ndume also voiced dissatisfaction with Mr. Buhari’s attitude toward killings in the nation, which he believed to be much below what his office is capable of.
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“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 paid to be called a senator and I’m almost like helpless,” he lamented.
The senator, speaking for many Nigerians, expressed displeasure at the repetitive press statements issued by Mr. Buhari’s spokesman every time a similar tragedy occurred.
In such situations, he claimed, Mr. Buhari should have been the one updating the country, not his media assistants.
He claimed that if he were the president, he would have phoned his service leaders to inform them on the situation so that he could address the nation as needed.
“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.