A Borno traditional Chief, Alhaji Zanna Hassan Boguma, has said that despite claims, President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to tackle the issue of insecurity, especially in the North East.
Alhaji Hassan, who is the Zanna Boguma of Borno, said the escalation of attacks by Boko Haram on soft targets, the issue of kidnapping on highways, and the systematic dislocation of communities that were living around the metropolis, are issues of grave security concern that had continued unabated.
Boguma, who is also a member of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, and Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, berated the Presidency for not doing enough on developmental efforts in the Northern region despite their immense contribution to his victories in the polls.
As far as Nigeria is concerned, Buhari only appointed our sons into positions but they haven’t done enough in terms of development. Northerners are being killed by terrorists and armed bandits without a solution in sight.
“General Buhari, yes! We northerners voted for him. The massive votes that came out from North were the reason he is President of this country now,’’ he said.
Boguma recalled how Northern Elders Forum worked hard for Buhari to become President, including lobbying the United States of America, to support his candidacy. He added:
“We went to America to influence the United States government to support the cause of change in Nigeria, we did that. The Northern Elders Forum sent a delegation; I was also part of that delegation, we went to Washington, met with all those that matter in America from Department of State to that of Justice to all other agencies of government.
“We spoke to them about insecurity, we spoke to them about corruption in this country, which Buhari is always talking about, but unfortunately, Buhari in five years hasn’t done enough to remedy the situation the previous government was accused of.”
Is that convincing enough to deny him your vote if he (Buhari) wants to rule Nigeria for a third time? I am sure you were among those who cried to the whole world in the years preceding the 2015 Presidential election that there was no problem in the northeast and that President Jonathan was using General Ihejirika to reduce the population of northern Nigeria by killing peaceful and innocent northern youths. You cried that Azubuike’s army was in the northeast to avenge the massacre of people of his Igbo tribe during the events leading to the Nigeria-Biafra civil war and in the days of the war. Are you not getting sufficient pay from the North East Development Commission which has been created for you by this administration?