The failure by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to address the insecurity problems plaguing some parts of the country has drawn wide condemnation from Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State.
Featuring on a live radio programme anchored on a private radio station in the state, a pioneer National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Senator Anietie Okon, who faulted the President Muhammadu Buhari’s approach in tackling the Boko Haram menace and the recent abduction of school children in a secondary school in the North said “Lets look at the response of the federal government. In the military action, we have civil defense, and the police who are supposed to maintain law and order, not to engage in hostility of military, reprisals and consequences.
“It is not to say that army is overstretching. If so, lets look at the budget in the National Assembly passed for them, and they have not said anything about recruitment so far, all we hear is that the army is overstretched . Where? We don’t know people’s children have been abducted, according to them, armed gangs, etc, you say it’s Boko Haram which you recognize as terrorists then you send police, then the militants and IPOB by merely asking through democratic measures, you sent the the army, then engage crocodile smile, python dance and so on and then we have not had any story coming from them that they have discovered so much arms from the eastern state”.
Okon, a former Federal Legislator representing Uyo Senatorial District, slammed the federal government for allegedly looking for a leeway to use and declare state of emergency in states with political undertone lying beneath.
“One thing is very clear, we who are dealing with the interpretation of these actions, are convinced that they are building to the declaration of a state of emergency nationwide so that they can avoid the obvious consequences of defeat in the coming elections, and we are prepared to make sure we have elections whether they like it or not”.
Also reacting, a constitutional lawyer, Barr. Godwin Awah, bemoaned the seeming inability of the federal government to contend the situation, saying that security was a major issue in the country at the moment, and berated the President for failing in his constitutional responsibilities to Nigerians.
According to the lawyer “As far I am concerned , the present government is yet to fulfill the constitutional power of the security aspect. Recently, the President reappointed the service Chiefs, and we all know that there is time lapse for every servant of this country even when you are elected and most of the security officers whom he has extended their period , their times as military officers and civil servants expired. But he is keeping them for the 2019 elections because he feels that they are closer people to him than bringing a new set of security officers”.