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CDS Irabor, Nasir El-Rufai’s Comments On Insecurity Worrisome – Afenifere Knocks Buhari’s Govt

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Aug 30, 2022

CDS Irabor, Nasir El-Rufai's Comments On Insecurity Worrisome - Afenifere

The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has lamented the achievement of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on security.

The group said Nigerians should be more worried following recent comments by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai and the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, over the security situation of the country.

Naija News reports that Irabor was quoted to have said, while delivering a lecture at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, that more than half of the borders in the North-East and North-West of the country are unguarded.

Reacting, Afenifere said the statement is worrisome and disturbing. The socio-political group regret that despite the sad developments, the government is yet to make commendable efforts on what the Irabor had declared as a key source of criminality and violent crimes in those parts of the country.

In a statement handed to newsmen on Monday, Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, said the danger posed by the unmanned borders to the security of Nigerians was huge and showed a lack of seriousness in fighting the issue.

Ajayi further quoted the CDS as revealing that 137 out of about 261 borders in the North-East and North-West regions of the country are unguarded and that these porous borders account for the easy access of terrorists from neighbouring countries into Nigeria.

“As we all know, the administration has less than one year to wind up. What have the security agencies been doing about the vast unmanned borders and what has the government been doing for insecurity to keep rising as its years in the saddle increase?” Afenifere asked.

The pan-Yoruba organisation wondered if the nation’s borders had always been unmanned or if the situation was recent.

El-Rufai’s Comment Over 2023 Election

Afenifere also expressed concerns about Governor El-Rufai’s submission on the forthcoming election.

Afenifere quoted the All Progress Congress (APC) governor as informing the President that elections might not be held in the North-West region of the country due to the increasing security challenges in the region.

It said: “Worth mentioning also is Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s disclosure that bandits are setting up a parallel government in the state.

“All these and more are reasons why Nigerians are very worried about the country’s security situation and the chances of the President’s promise to end insecurity soon coming to fruition.

“The reality on the ground does not give people reasons to be so assured—much as they would want to be so optimistic.”

Afenifere said the government had more to establish if Buhari must fulfil his promise to ensure that the 2023 general elections are safe and secure for all Nigerians.

This article was originally published on Naija News