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Foremost socio-political groups in Nigeria have berated President Muhammadu Buhari ( retd), over his statement that only God could effectively supervise Nigeria’s border with the Niger Republic.
The groups, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan -Niger Delta Forum and the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere all came hard on the president.
Buhari had said only God could effectively “supervise ” Nigeria’s border with the Republic of Niger.
In their reaction, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, described the Buhari’s comment as a total loss of control of the country.
Ohanaeze ’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Chief Chuks Ibegbu, asked the President not to shift the mandate Nigerians gave to him to protect them to God. He added that God had given him the knowledge and will to check what was going on.
He said “It’s not God that controls borders. Why are they disturbing God who has given us a brain to organise ourselves?
“How can Buhari leave his responsibility to God. Men should not abdicate their responsibilities to God. His statement signified the loss of control and perhaps he should resign.”
While reacting, PANDEF described Buhari’s statement as completely unacceptable from a commander -in -chief.
PANDEF spokesman, Ken Robinson, said this while speaking to one of our correspondents in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
“PANDEF and a lot of well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians have repeatedly said the security architecture of the country has been overwhelmed by the various issues of insecurity across the country.
“So the President’s statement validates that opinion that the security system /architecture of the country has been overwhelmed. It is an admission of failure, incapacity and ineffectiveness of the security architecture and structure. So, the President should do the needful.
“God does not come down to secure borders. God provides security through people and that is why we have the military and the police
“If the President says only God can secure the border, that means he has lost faith and hope in the security set-up of the country and what he needs to do is clear. We have repeatedly said there is the need to rejig the security configuration and bring people based on expertise and experience; not based on religion or the section of the country where they come from. Those are the issues!”
On its part, Afenifere through its spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, also berated the President.
He said, “It’ s so clear that these people don’t reflect on what they say to Nigerians anymore.
“How can a President who shut Benin and other borders for over a year without any just cause but lacks the will to shut Niger border because of cultural kinship utter this statement? It is the height of irresponsible and waywardness in leadership. ”