- Former presidential aide, Umar Sani, has reacted to call for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari
- Senator Eyinanya Abaribe had asked the president to resign due to high rate of insecurity in the country
- The NASS had also urged the president to relieve the service chiefs of their jobs
Umar Sani, a former senior special assistant to ex-vice president Namadi Sambo on media and publicity, has commended Senator Eyinanya Abaribe for calling for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over the level of insecurity in Nigeria.
In an exclusive interview with Legit.ng, Sani said that the senator did the right thing for asking the president to step aside if he could not find a lasting solution to the senseless killings in the country.
He, however, said that President Buhari would not resign under any circumstance due to his antecedents, adding that apart from his military high handed stance on issues, his continuous competition for the office of the president and his eventual success should have humbled him.
"The call by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe to General Buhari to resign is a clarion call which he knows will not be adhered to. In third world countries, it is difficult for people to throw in the towel when they fail reasonably in their duty. However, it is a wake-up call to the president to appreciate the importance of security and the pulse of the nation as it affects the running of his administration. I support Senator Abaribe’s call as it has placed the government in red alert.
"I do not see President Buhari resigning under any circumstance due to his antecedents. Apart from his military high handed stance on issues, his continuous competition for the office of the President and his eventual success should have humbled him. His victory notwithstanding he became more hardened and uncompromising. The persistent calls for transparency in governance were incessantly ignored.
"While the democratic process that heralded his coming can be viewed from the prism of transparency, the 2019 elections are anything but free and fair. He could not even condescend to accept to congratulate a winner other than himself. He flatly refused to acknowledge or accept to do that elementary protocol in transparency.
"Do you think such a person will contemplate resignation by any means necessary? I don’t want to waste my time on impossibility. His failure is threesome, economy and infrastructural development, fight against corruption and security," he said.
Speaking on the call by the National Assembly for the removal of the service chiefs, Sani stressed that the lawmakers took a step in the right direction, saying that insecurity has led to the monumental loss of lives and property of many Nigerians.
He said: "National Assembly is not only an arm of government but members are an integral part of the society. There is no way you can hide the pervasive insecurity in the land, if you are personally immune to herdsmen, armed robbery, insurgency, banditry or militant attacks, a member of your family, friend, religious organization or socio-cultural group who is close to you must have been affected by this menace in one way or another.
"It is, therefore, a duty on the National Assembly to rise to the occasion and look for solutions that are far-reaching to end the scourge. This is a step taken by the lawmakers in the right direction and I believe other solutions will be provided to tackle the general insecurity in the land. The lack of security in the land leading to the monumental loss of lives and property is a cause for concern to all and sundry."
Sani, who was the former spokesman for Atiku/Obi presidential campaign, said the primary duty of government is the welfare of its citizens and the protection of life and property, stressed the government fails to discharge its constitutional duties then the government is said to have failed its citizens.
He said part of the security apparatus is the armed forces and the paramilitary forces, noting that while the substantial part of the insecurity is internal, the country's territorial integrity is continuously threatened by the influx of armed herdsmen and terrorists.
"Failure to secure our borders and to defeat an insurgency is a minus for the service chiefs and there is a need for them to give way to fresh ideas. They have served their nation to the best of their abilities," he added.
On the peaceful protest led by the general overseer of the Redeemed Church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, he said that the cleric would have been associated with the government having Pastor Osinbajo as vice president of Nigeria and a redeemed church minister.
He said Adeboye demonstrated an unshakable resolve to ensuring good governance and adequate security in the country.
Speaking on how the menace of insecurity in Nigeria could be fought and won, the ex-presidential aide urged the federal government to create employment for the teeming unemployed youth in the country.
He said: "To be able to address this menace a holistic review of cause and effect needs to be done. Poverty in the land is endemic and needs to be addressed. Wealth creation is necessary so that it trickles down to the ordinary man on the street. Wealth creation mechanisms are many such templates that have been formed it only needs dusting and application.
"Templates like the You- win, negrapreneur young farmers schemes and many more that will address unemployment and underemployment in our society. The manufacturing sector should be revived especially the textile and garment factories that are large employers of labour and the massive engagement of Nigerians in all contracts awarded by the government.
"It will create earnings for living and take away our productive unemployed youths away from drug, crime, and criminality. Secondly, our security agencies must adopt a proactive approach to fighting crime. Between 7 pm to 12 midnight you find our policemen being active on stop and search duties but between 1-5 am the streets are empty and left to criminals to perpetuate their nefarious activities. Similarly on our highways and borders patrol should be progressive and not static."
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Sani also added that the use of communication gadgets and air surveillance is necessary, stressing that if the security agencies are moving to and fro and communicating amongst themselves with a central GPS device monitoring them, it would be difficult for kidnap activity to thrive.
"Intelligence gathering is also a very useful tool for addressing such a menace. The security agencies must up their ante through information gathering and sharing, fostering inter-agency cooperation. I believe the challenge is surmountable if all hands are on deck to checkmate the menace," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Pastor Adeboye joined Nigerians to call the government's attention to the high level of insecurity in Nigeria.
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