The spokesman of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has lamented the rising insecurity across Nigeria, saying the presidency has run out of ideas on how to tackle the menace.
Baba-Ahmed said this on Friday during monitored programme on Channels Television accusing the government of downplaying issues bedevilling Nigeria.
“You can only do that by acknowledging the failure of the government to secure its citizens. Listening to Garba, to be honest, I just think that the presidency has run out of ideas,” he said while responding to a comment by presidential media aide, Garba Shehu that members of the opposition are exploiting Nigeria’s security challenges.
“When they’re confronted with a very serious challenge, they go around looking for all sorts of diversions and excuses. Nigerians don’t want to hear any of this. We want a stop to the kidnappings.”
NEF spokesman believes kidnapping has become a big industry, accusing the presidency of deflecting the issue.
“This thing has grown into a big industry right under the nose of the president. There’s no way you can deflect attention from this,” he added. “How do you explain the grown sophistication of the criminals in this country?”
He therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sit up and address the numerous challenges facing Nigeria.
According to him, “we can’t have a president that is just sitting there and then blaming everybody else for the woes of the country, that is not what we elected him for.”