By Oluwayemi Davidson
Worried over the raging insecurity across Nigeria, the pan Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, yesterday raised alarm on the cold response of the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari on deteriorating security situation in the country.
Afenifere, in a press statement issued by the organization’s national publicity secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi, expressed concern that the rate at which insecurity is festering in the nation, “was as though there is no authority who could rein-in the monster”.
The group expressed serious worries and consternation on the level of insecurity in Nigeria noting that going by the country’s constitution, the sitting president, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, and as such the person on whose shoulder the security and welfare of Nigerians squarely rest on.
“Unfortunately, we have not seen veritable indications that the C-in-C is aware of the enormity of the situation or is putting up any strategy to arrest it”.
Afenifere, however, called on President Buhari to demonstrate that he is still there as the Commander in Chief noting that “alternatively, he can delegate all the necessary authority to his Vice President with whom he shared a joint ticket anyway – especially given his earlier declaration that he was anxious for May 29, 2023, to come quickly”.
The group recalled President Buhari’s speech during this year’s Democracy Day celebration where he confessed that “I am living daily with the grief and worry for all those victims and prisoners of terrorism and kidnapping,”
Afenifere spokesman submitted that the business of Nigerian president is not to ‘grieve’ for victims of terrorism but to ensure that terrorism, kidnapping, and allied crimes do not occur at all in the country.
The group reeled various acts of terrorism perpetrated by hoodlums across the country within the past two weeks. This includes “about three kidnappings in Ogbomoso in Oyo State leading to the death of some victims, beheading of five people in the Southeast, abduction of people in Katsina, Kaduna, Nassarawa and Niger, killing and abduction of about 15 people including Indian expatriates in Kogi State and abductions of some chiefs in Akoko area of Ondo State, all within days”.
According to Afenifere, “these are in addition to several of such dastardly acts that have been happening in different parts of the country with increasing ferocity”.
The statement reiterated Afenifere’s much-vaunted position on the need to allow state police and to properly take care of our security agencies generally.
It alluded to the report from Ondo state where the Amotekun corps intercepted two trucks carrying 151 young men and women.
Afenifere regretted that because of the kid-glove manner with which government is dealing with them, terrorists and kidnappers have been so emboldened that they now attack security institutions at will and malevolently go into houses of their victims to deal with fellow Nigerians – all under the watch of government and security agencies!