REPORT: How insecurity turned northern Nigeria against President Buhari

REPORT: How insecurity turned northern Nigeria against President Buhari

- The insecurity in northern Nigeria continues to worry many leaders in the region

- While some have called for the president to resign, others have accused him of being non-challant to the situation

- Almost on daily basis, reports of terrorists and bandits sacking rural villages in the north feature in the media

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A report by Daily Trust indicates that the festering insecurity across the 19 northern states in Nigeria has turned the northern establishment, comprising elders, academics, prominent clerics, traders, farmers and a segment of the public against President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the report, the regional leaders, who hitherto were supporters of the president, are now of the view that Buhari had woefully failed in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the region, especially regarding the security of lives and properties, thus the calls for his resignation.

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The gale of the calls for the president’s head was aggravated by the recent massacre of rice farmers in Zabarmari village in Jere local government area of Borno state by Boko Haram terrorists.

REPORT: How insecurity turned northern Nigeria against President Buhari
The calls for Buhari's resignation are getting louder by the day. Photo credit: @MBuhari
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Recently, a former Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido, asked President Buhari to seek forgiveness from Allah for the country to live in peace.

Speaking on BBC Hausa service, Lamido said the president should drop his arrogance and seek Allah’s forgiveness, adding that maybe he has committed sins that are affecting the country.

On his part, the convener of the Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP), Dr. Usman Bugaje, said Buhari should not only resign as president but apologise to Nigerians for destroying the country.

Bugaje, a political activist and civil society leader, said it would be good for the country if the president simply left office, adding that he has failed to uphold the country’s constitution, which gives him the mandate to protect the lives and property of Nigerians.

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Speaking in the same vein, the youth leader of the Brethren Nigeria (EYN Church), Lafia Nasarawa state, and National Youth Leader, Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC), Daniel Kadzai, said Buhari was dignifying failure.

According to him, the president should be impeached without further delay, for gross incompetence.

Similarly, an elder statesman, Bashir Othman Tofa, has advised Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, replace at least 80 per cent of his current ministers and heads of parastatals, to address the problems bedevilling his administration.

Tofa, the presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC) during the annulled Nigeria’s June 12, 1993 presidential election, added that the ministers and heads of parastatals should not just be allowed to go but be “thoroughly investigated.”

Recall that the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, recently condemned the incessant abductions and killings by bandits in northern Nigeria.

Alhaji Abubakar, who is the leader of Nigerian Muslims by virtue of his position as the president-general of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam, made the comment on Thursday, November 26 at the 4th quarter 2020 meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council in Abuja.

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According to him, the bandits are so daring that they now go into houses to kidnap people, adding that both the Nigerian and state governments must wake up to their responsibilities of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians.

In a related development, the Northern Elders Forum has called for the resignation of Buhari due to the rising insecurity in the country.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday, December 2, the spokesman of the forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said facts on ground due to insecurity is enough for the president to resign.

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