- Attahiru Bafarawa has agreed with EFCC boss Magu that state governors are benefiting from the growing spate of insecurity across the country
- Magu had accused governors of promoting insecurity to inflate security votes in their states
- The former Sokoto governor said the state governors are getting richer as a result of the increase in the allocations set aside for their security votes
Attahiru Bafarawa, a former governor of Sokoto state, has reacted to the recent claim by the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, that governors have been cashing on the growing spate of insecurity across the country to inflate their security votes.
Legit.ng gathered that Bafarawa, who affirmed the accusation leveled against the governors by the EFCC boss, said while the wave of banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, communal clashes and general insurgency seems to be on the rise, the state governors are getting ‘richer’ as a result of the increase in the allocations set aside for their security votes.
He noted that the spiral effects of poverty, ignorance, unemployment and several other developmental challenges bedeviling the north is the reason its able-bodied youths have resorted to perpetrating all kidnapping, rustling, and all sorts of criminality for livelihood.
Bafarawa, spoke in Abuja, at a press conference on the forthcoming “National security and peace development summit", to be organised by his pet Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), the Attahiru Bafarawa Foundation.
He said the foundation seeks to support the strengthening of institutional capacity of those charged with managing crimes by promoting processes that enhance broader societal participation in them, greater coordination and deepened accountability.
“Through expertise, technical assistance, knowledge production and dissemination, the foundation seeks to enhance policy and practice of decision makers and implementers on issues related to crime, conflict and violence.
“It is against this backdrop that the Bafarawa Foundation has supported the partnership of Kaduna State Government, the community and other northern state governments such as Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Kano, Jigawa and Zamfara to undertake this resolution programme.
“This meeting arose from concerns among government institutions, social, political activists and security agencies about the escalation of crime and youth involvement in these crimes in Nigeria, which were all too often linked to insatiable quest for wealth production, terrorism and extremism," he said.
Former governor Bafarawa, pointed out that violent crime in the country is highly concentrated in specific underserved urban areas, and is higher in areas where trust in the security agents and the broader state is lower.
He said as violent crime literally claims or dominates the lives of so many youth and communities, the country on the whole is robbed of much of its human and economic potential.
He said: “These neighbourhoods and communities have higher rates of poverty, unemployment, lower educational attainment, low social capital, poor housing stock, and low levels of investment in public spaces.
“Inequality and relative poverty provide a fertile ground for crime; and in turn, high levels of crime and violence interfere with human, social and economic development.
"The security situation, ineffective security governance and social development arrangements undermine Nigerian’s ability to establish and maintain a viable economy that can sustain acceptable levels of wellbeing for the majority of its citizens, particularly the young and vulnerable."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported taht Magu alleged that some state governors promote insecurity to enable them inflate security votes in their states.
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Urging the governors-elect and their other political colleagues to shun corruption, Magu said the nexus between corruption and terrorism is that corruption promotes insecurity.
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