A former presidential aide, Akin Osuntokun, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over his comments on those he says are politicising the issue of insecurity in the country.
Osuntokun who was a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today, said, Buhari’s casual detachment to Nigerians is getting out of hand.
The president recently stated that those who politicize the isolated incidents of insecurity are not patriotic Nigerians.
“What do you mean by politicising? who is politicising it?
“That is his (President Buhari’s) own interpretation according to his own convenience. In any case, if people are commenting on issues, how does that amount to politicisation?
“What of those people who are victims? This type of casual detachment to people is getting out of hand.
“When he (President Buhari) was attacked some years ago, did people not talk? Did people not raise issues then? Should people not have talked now? Now you want people to be quiet.”
A professor of criminal justice system and penology, Ussiju Medaner, who was also a guest on the programme, however, disagreed with Osuntokun’s stance, insisting that the issue of insecurity is indeed being politicised.
Professor Medaner said:
“When we talk about security, it is everybody’s business. And I think if we can do that, we can help the country and not just trying to be a disinterested but benefitting party in the security situation in the country.
“This is an issue that the world over is facing. Let me just refer you to what is happening in Cape Town, just within a month 3,000 people were killed in gun violence.
“What the country is doing is not to go to the media to politicise it. They came together to proffer solution.”
Meanwhile, a meeting of northern leaders on Tuesday, July 2, warned that Nigeria was gradually drifting into anarchy as a result of the failure of government to address the security challenges confronting the country.
The leaders included retired army generals, inspectors general of police, intelligence experts, academia and other technocrats.
They gave the warning at a two-day northern Nigeria security conference in Kaduna, organised by Arewa Research and Development Project in collaboration with Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation, Savanna Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development as well as the Joint Committee of Northern Youth Associations.