By Chukwudi Nweje
Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop grieving for victims of terrorism.
It said his duty is to ensure the security and welfare of the citizenry in line with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not to lament.
It noted that terrorism and other violent crime were on the rise because of the kid gloves with which the Federal Government treats them.
National Publicity Secretary of the group, Jare Ajayi, stated these in a statement yesterday.
“The business of the 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. Unfortunately, we have not seen veritable indications that the Commander-in-Chief is aware of the enormity of the situation or is putting up any strategy to arrest it. What Nigerians expect from the government is not sympathy but actions. Actions that will put a total end to the nightmare, indeed life-terminating experiences they are going through presently.”
Ajayi charged President Buhari to be more assertive in dealing with security challenges and also demonstrate his readiness to stem insecurity by taking a firm position on addressing terrorism.
“President Buhari needs to come out and let perpetrators of terrorism and kidnapping know that he has had enough. He should let them realise that the pact he signed with Nigerians was not to come and see to the serial termination of their lives but to ensure their security, improve their welfare and move the nation to a desirable next level. Unfortunately, the president has not been able to deliver on any of the desirables. He only brought to the nation the negatives which were far from the expectation of anybody.”
The group reiterated its position on state policing and insisted that such would help improve the security of lives and property, especially at the state levels.