- Senator Ali Ndume has bared his mind over the recent attack on an Abuja-Kaduna-bound train by some terrorists on Monday, March 28
- The senator condemned the nonchalant attitude showcased by the federal government over the need to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians across the country
- According to Ndume, lawmakers of the National Assembly had failed to approve the request for the purchase of digital security equipment for monitoring the railways
The lawmaker representing Borno South senatorial district, Ali Ndume, has accused the federal government of complacency in Nigeria's eroding security system.
Ndume while speaking on Channels Television's Politics Today on Wednesday, March 31, alleged that the Nigerian government has not done well in handling the security challenges across the country.
The lawmaker said this while aligning with the comments made by the minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi, that lives could have been saved if, the government had taken action on his warning about an impending attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train.
How National Assembly declined approval for digital monitoring of rail lines
During the interview, Ndume revealed that his colleagues at the National Assembly had declined approval for the purchase of digital security equipment for monitoring activities around the rail lines.
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Faulting the failure to approve such a delicate and necessary item, Ndume also questioned why the bandits are yet to be tracked down by the federal government.
"If you look at it deeply, there is a lot of complacency in it. You have the MTN services. These people are using phones so you can track them.
"With today’s technology, people are taken away and you say you don’t know where they are. No, I mean let’s be serious."
Nigerian system and the nonchalant attitude towards protection of lives
Stating that the Nigerian system and method of doing things is terrible, Ndume alleged that process of getting tasks delivered and securing people's lives has become frustrating.
“Coming back to what the minister (Amaechi) said, I got angry too. I mean how can you put all these people - every day, an average of 1,000 are moving around - and then the ministry will ask for money to buy gadgets and drones. These are mostly off-the-shelf items.
“You can order them or import them, install them immediately in two to three days. But you know what will happen in Nigeria next?"
"They will go on TV and say we have purchased so and so and the bandits will watch it and they know where it is going to be installed."
Kaduna train attack: PDP breathes fire, says life meaningless to APC, Buhari
Nigeria's major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party said security has continued to depreciate since 2015 when the APC took overpower.
According to PDP, the life of every Nigerian is near worthless under the present administration led by President Buhari.
Abuja-Kaduna train attack: Bombard terrorist enclaves, Senate cries out to military
The Nigerian military had been urged to declare a full-scale war on terrorists operating across states of the country.
The call was made by lawmakers of the Nigerian Senate after the attack on an Abuja-Kaduna-bound train on Monday, March 28.
According to the Senate, the operations of the terrorists in Kaduna make it imperative for the appropriate authorities to take decisive action.