- Senator Kashim Shettima has called for support for President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against insurgency
- The senator said the reaction of residents during the president's visit to Borno state is unfortunate
- According to Shettima, the president does not have a magic wand to end terrorism in the northeast
A past governor of Borno state and current lawmaker of the ninth Senate, Kashim Shettima has said that the president has no magic wand to end the rising insurgency and Boko Haram attacks in the northeast.
Shettima who represents Borno South senatorial district at the Senate while speaking with journalists on Thursday, February 13, said the reaction of some Borno citizens during the president's emergency visit on Wednesday, February 12, is unfortunate.
He said the reaction by the resident might be from high expectations the individuals had for President Muhammadu Buhari.
“People thought he (Buhari) has a magic wand. He does not have a wand. But I believe it’s temporary hiccups,” Shettima said.
He further assured that the people of Borno have always loved the president and are ever in support of his administration and security strategies.
Noting that it is unfair for Nigerians to demonise Buhari, the former governor said solutions to the escalating insecurity in Nigeria is more important than apportioning blame on the country’s leadership.
"We cannot just demonise Buhari. Buhari did his best and we had a respite between 2015 and 2017 before resurgence (of Boko Haram attacks). How to find a solution to our challenges is more important than demonising anybody," Shettima added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the House of Representatives has maintained its demand for the sack or resignation of the service chiefs over the insecurity in the country.
Benjamin Kalu, the spokesperson for the House said the lower house has not backed down on its call for the removal of the security chiefs.
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