President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to the Nigerian Army to battle “terrorists, insurgents, and wipe them off the face of the earth and bring peace to our country” has been criticised by the Yoruba sociopolitical group Afenifere as being redundant.
Afenifere claimed that because Buhari’s repeated demands were not supported by the appropriate resources, they no longer had any meaning.
Jare Ajayi, the organization’s spokesman, claimed, on Monday, July 18, that despite the directive, the Federal Government was not attempting to eradicate terrorists.
If the government had done its job, according to Ajayi, the insurgency would not have started in the first place.
He stated this in a statement titled: “Buhari’s charge to the Army to wipe terrorists, FG is not working on how this can be achieved.”
And since it began, the kid-glove treatment being meted out to the terrorists was what made them to grow to the point of taking over territories in some states in the northern part of the country, notably Sokoto, Kaduna, Borno, Niger, Zamfara among others.
While appreciating President Buhari’s affirmation to give the military needed support, Ajayi submitted that this has been said: “several times over without backing it up with action.”
‘You Can’t Resign Now’
Last week, Afenifere told President Muhammadu Buhari that he cannot resign now.
The group made this known while receiving some governors of the All Progressives Congress, legislators, and political leaders at his residence in Daura, Katsina State.
He described his seven years in office as “tough” saying “I am eager to go.”
But Afenifere described the President’s statement as “laughable” and “rather assuming for a man that has seen it all both as a military ruler and democratically-elected leader of his people.”
This was contained in a statement signed by the organization’s Secretary General, Dr Sola Ebiseni, titled, “Buhari, do not resign: Still enough time to clear the Augean Stable.’
Ebiseni noted that it was Buhari’s stock in trade to always lament instead of providing solutions to the nation’s myriad problems.