The founder of Vote Guard, a group also known as Akasa Atsare concerned with the enlightenment of voters to protect their votes, Alhaji Kailani Mohammed, has blamed politicians for the orchestrating the current spate of insecurity in parts of the country.
Mohammed at a press briefing in Kaduna on Wednesday, described the unfolding development in the country as curious as well as interesting while decrying the continued loss of lives to avoidable conflicts.
He said the developments in Nigeria today are unveiling curiously and at the same time, interesting scenarios that are playing out from different platforms, all targeting the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
He however, noted that the most disturbing is the recent surge of insecurity in some parts of the federation.
He stated: “This unfortunate development has in no so small measure dampened the gesto, anticipations and expectations of the Nigerian citizenry when President Muhammadu Buhari, few months on ascension to power, demilitarized the dreaded Boko Haram who had occupied a large chunk of the country.
“Then, Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief and hoped that they have been liberated from the clutches of fear and underdevelopment which the insurgency brought to the fore. But it would seem this was not to be.”
“Nigerians were treated to a rude shock as cattle rustling, kidnappings and Fulani herdsmen/ farmers clashes soon took centre stage to replace insurgency. In the process, a whole lot of communities were sacked and hapless Nigerians brutally murdered in cold blood while they go about their normal daily routines or while they slept.
“There are diverse opinions and positions in an effort to identify the remote cause of the problems. While some Nigerians posit that the Fulani/ farmers clashes is a manifestation of the fact that Fulani herdsmen see President Muhammadu Buhari as their kinsman, suddenly some people hide under the guise of Fulani and perpetrate killings in the North central.”
He continued: “To debunk the insinuation, Buhari recently ordered security agents to arrest any Fulani herdsman found trotting a gun. He stated categorically that the Fulani man he knows carrying stick and cutlass; the stick to control the cattle and the cutlass, to clear the weeds along his path. We hope this statement will neutralize the rumor mill.
“The second school of thought however, is pointing accusing fingers at politicians for the rising wave of killings in Nigeria. They alleged that politicians sponsor thugs and hoodlums who are responsible for most community skirmishes and killings in the country that has sent many Nigerians to the great beyond.”
“In this direction, the Nigeria Police have invited President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki over an allegation that he sponsored some political thugs that have been unleashing terror in Kwara state, in the North Central Zone of Nigeria.
“He was summoned by the Police to be questioned by a crack Force Intelligence Response Team for his alleged relationship with 22 suspected criminals involved in multiple bank robberies that killed many people, including nine police officers and pregnant women.”
Mohammed recalled that a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, (PRO), Jimoh Moshood, informed that Senate President, Bukola Saraki was invited by the Nigeria Police to answer to the charges leveled against him as a result of voluntary confessional statements made by the accused persons.
In the said statement, the suspects admitted that they were political thugs under the name of Youth Liberation Movement a.k.a “Good Boys” to Saraki and the Kwara State Governor, Alh. Abdulfatah Ahmed.
He said that Police sources noted that “investigation is ongoing and effort is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large. All suspects involved will be arraigned in court for prosecution on completion of investigation”.
Mohammed said that the Nigeria Police has vowed to ensure that the rule of law prevails in every case under Police investigation and every offender is brought to justice regardless of status.
But that Saraki has vehemently denied all the allegations, insisting that it is a frame –up by the Police to implicate him”.