In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 21st, June, 2020

Buhari Did Not Deserve Second Time period

Buhari Did Not Deserve Second Term

Ango Abdullahi

Ango Abdullahi

Elder statesman and Chairman of the Northern Elders’ Discussion board, Prof Ango Abdullahi, who can be a former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello College, Zaria, tells OLALEYE ALUKO in regards to the worsening state of insecurity within the North, the zoning and energy rotation association between the North and South, amongst different points.

The Presidency has blamed some conventional rulers for the worsening state of insecurity particularly banditry within the North, do you agree with that assertion?

Are conventional rulers accountable for Nigeria’s troopers, police and different safety companies? Why are monarchs being accused of not being capable of cease banditry and different safety issues? It’s only a clear indication of the failure which I referred to within the assertion I issued some days in the past. For a very long time now, we now have been calling them out so that the plenty will realise that this can be a failed authorities; and we didn’t conceal it prior to now. We mentioned so and we gave the explanation why we talked and insisted that this (Muhammadu) Buhari’s authorities didn’t value re-electing. However Nigerians re-elected it and, as such, I don’t see why they need to be complaining now. So I don’t know what the issue is. They (the federal government) have to seek out scapegoats. They’ve to seek out individuals in charge for failing to do their work. In case you take a look at the structure, conventional rulers aren’t meant to be accountable for our safety. Are they? We all know those that the chief safety officers are and what devices they’ve of their palms. Conventional rulers aren’t listed as officers beneath the structure of this nation. They will in all probability be requested for recommendation; and even on that, it’s only on issues bordering on conventional points. In my assertion on Sunday, my factors have been very easy and I feel there isn’t any doubt.

Do you suppose state governors from different areas of the nation must also arrange a regional or neighborhood policing outfit like the Amotekun within the South-West?

In case you learn the regulation, state governors are loosely known as the chief safety officers of their states. In case you go into the nitty-gritty of who truly does safety works, received’t you check with the police and the military? The Police Commissioner in a state is not going to take instruction from the governor with out referring to the Inspector-Common of Police. So, it’s actually not the state governor that’s successfully accountable for safety issues within the state. Subsequently, it’s nonetheless the Police Excessive Command that’s accountable. So far as I’m involved, it’s a unfastened speak to say that anyone is accountable for safety – whether or not on the state or native authorities ranges – when he’s  actually not in command or accountable for the safety equipment within the state.  On it (Amotekun), what have they (the governors) completed? That is one thing that’s all the time pronounced on paper. However we all know that when the chips are down, those that are formally speculated to deal with insecurity are the police. The truth is, what maybe they (the governors) are saying is that they’re prepared to help the safety companies working of their states in as some ways as attainable. However they can’t with the present scenario take over the duties of the military, police and so forth. No, they can’t. It should simply lead to extra problems in the way in which issues are being run on this nation.

President Buhari is from the North-West the place insecurity is presently on the rise, have you ever sought an viewers with him on this situation of rising banditry and associated killings? 

Buhari is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; he’s not the President of Daura; he’s not the President of Katsina State. He’s the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with all of the state safety equipment instantly beneath his command. So, the place he comes from is completely irrelevant to the dialogue. The accountability to safe each citizen from each a part of the nation rests on him. So, the query of the emotions of his birthplace and so forth doesn’t come up at all. And in reality, if it had gone the opposite manner, it could present he paid particular consideration to the areas of his birthplace. Why do you have to pay explicit consideration to your areas as an alternative of each a part of Nigeria that you’re speculated to be presiding over? So all these excuses and arguments aren’t what the general public needs to be listening to.  The President is meant to take recommendation from each Nigerian. He’s supposed to hearken to Nigerians. The truth that you’re in Lagos doesn’t imply you can not give recommendation on Daura or on the North. Each Nigerian has the proper or privilege of giving recommendation on issues referring to the Nigerian state. I feel what is occurring now, quite the opposite, is a sign that the system is breaking down, if it has not already damaged down.

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Some individuals have advised that governors of the states affected by banditry ought to have interaction in dialogue with the bandits. Do you suppose bandits are individuals of purpose that may be dropped at a negotiation desk?

Doesn’t that offend our collective sensibility? Which means that the authorities has been overwhelmed by criminals. And that is to the extent governor or anyone else in that place will name criminals to a convention when it comes to making certain safety, and with situations given to him by these criminals? Thus, this can be a affirmation that issues are already uncontrolled. The place do you discover it on the planet? The place? The place do you see a state calling criminals to a convention or a dialogue? And they’re supplying you with situations that you’re accepting. This then means that you’ve got given up in your duties to safe your areas.

The army are presently conducting a number of land and air bombardments within the North. Do you suppose earlier and present army operations in these disaster areas have achieved something?

Effectively, I don’t know as a result of I’m not within the army and they don’t report back to me; so I don’t know. However the authorities itself mentioned it had defeated the Boko Haram terrorists. You journalists are speculated to be taking them up on this. You might be supposed to place them on their toes. They claimed that that they had defeated the Boko Haram and secured the areas that have been previously beneath the management of insurgents.

Do you suppose there may be any drawback with our current army structure that it seems they can’t sort out insecurity?

I don’t must reply that query in any respect. What we now have on the floor is that we now have safety forces and so they have duties for our safety and for the nation. You don’t want Ango Abdullahi for you to conclude whether or not they’re ineffective or not. Try to be ready to evaluate whether or not they have been efficient or not. It’s best to be capable of choose whether or not their claims are appropriate or not. If the federal government say, “sure”, the nation is safe; then why are we having all these safety issues in all places now? So, it’s as much as you to conclude based mostly in your investigations. In my assertion, I famous that the plenty are offended and fed up. Already, there are protests in some components of the nation and what we’re saying is that the protests needs to be as peaceable as attainable, in as a lot because the individuals have a proper to protest.

In July 2019, NEF made a name to Fulani herdsmen to return dwelling with their cattle as a result of they weren’t protected within the southern a part of the nation. Have they began returning or have you ever modified your stance?

Our recommendation to them was conditional. When there was a lot noise in the areas the place they have been working with many notable indigenes calling on them to stop, we requested them to attraction to the management of those areas that they wished to reside in peace within the communities. We additionally informed them that if this turned not possible, moderately than keep and have interaction in conflicts, they need to transfer to areas the place they felt comparatively protected. It’s best to keep in mind that the response of the federal government then was that who was I to advise the Fulani to maneuver from one a part of the nation to one other one. However we all know that Nigerians needs to be at peace wherever they are. At any time when the Igbo’s motion from the North to their area was being debated, we have been reminded that Nigerians ought to earn their livelihoods wherever they’re. So we thought that the Fulani needs to be capable of earn their livelihoods from each a part of Nigeria. However I feel the matter has been laid to relaxation since final 12 months.

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Apart from banditry, there appears to be a resurgence of the Boko Haram violence in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states; do you suppose the federal government has misplaced this conflict?

That is one thing that you need to be reporting on. Try to be the one to inform me.

The Presidency has hit again at NEF and at your individual, saying you’re a basic with out troopers and that you don’t have any credible membership or maintain on the North; how do you react to this?

Sure, the federal government has described me as a basic with out troops. I replied them on Monday that Ango Abdullahi certainly has thousands and thousands of Nigerians as his troops; Nigerians who acknowledge that this authorities has did not safe the nation. The Federal Authorities is accountable for the safety equipment of this nation. I’ve no equipment however from what Nigerians are saying within the newspapers, radio and in all places, there is a complete failure when it comes to safety on this nation. By the way, the final who is meant to be commanding the nation’s armed troops will need to have been the one who failed – not Ango Abdullahi. That is the least of the accountability that we will provide to the Nigerian individuals. We see and say issues the way in which they’re and that is what we now have been doing at NEF previously 10 years that we now have been in existence; we don’t have interaction in sycophancy or praise-singing. If anyone is contending with what we’re saying, then he ought to come out with counter-facts in order that we will argue within the public area.

The Presidency additionally claimed that Nigerians may see how the federal government was tackling insecurity; do you suppose there may be something mistaken with their methodology?

If there may be safety, why are Nigerians complaining about insecurity? If we’re complaining about banditry, killings, and burning of villages by unknown gunmen, then there may be insecurity. And this was why I issued the assertion on this subject final week. Final week’s assertion was not the first one which the media man in Aso Rock (Femi Adesina) can be responding to that Ango Abdulllahi is a basic with out troops. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians acknowledge already that the nation is affected by insecurity. I’m certain he (Adesina) may also consider the final who has troops and controls the nation’s safety equipment and but we (residents) are insecure. We’re saying there may be insecurity within the nation and that is the consensus amongst Nigerians. Many Nigerians consider that Nigeria is insecure. It isn’t about Ango Abdullahi.

What’s your tackle the current taking pictures incident in Aso Villa following a disagreement between some presidential aides and the Aide-de-Camp to the First Woman, Aisha Buhari?

Consider me, I simply heard this from you. Sadly, this will not sound honest however I don’t watch Nigerian televisions. I get African and Nigerian information from different sources.

What indicators are there for Nigeria if the President seems to not have a superb grasp of his household affairs?

You possibly can extrapolate that, it’s not for me to extrapolate. I’m solely involved in regards to the official stage of operation in our Presidency. I don’t wish to get entangled in household affairs.

There are insinuations that Buhari is just not accountable for his authorities and unnamed members of a cabal are calling the shot. What would you say about this?

Effectively, I don’t know whether or not we now have had a brand new election since 2019. All I do know is that Buhari is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He took his oath of workplace on Might 29, 2019. And I don’t know who else is accountable for Nigeria besides Buhari. So, the buck stops on his desk and I don’t need excuses in any respect. I don’t settle for excuses.

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Many of the political events consider in zoning and energy rotation. Going by this association, one other area is predicted to produce the subsequent President by 2023? Do you agree with this association?

No! I used to be a part of it in 1998 and 1999; however now I don’t consider in it once more. I don’t consider in it and I say that Nigerians ought to discover the greatest materials that can run the nation for them, no matter whether or not he’s Ijaw, Hausa, Kanuri, Efik or no matter. That is my new pondering now. I feel we now have tried this zoning and it seems that it has failed. It has created extra issues for us. I gave an interview just lately the place I mentioned that there have been some adjustments we now have to make and be searching for.  After all, this (zoning) is political, it’s not even constitutional.

We should always transfer away from the presidential system of presidency to parliamentary system. It is because the presidential system that we have tried for nearly 40 years now has not labored; the parliamentary system was adopted for less than 5 years and we deserted it with none purpose. We didn’t give any purpose why it was much less environment friendly or much less efficient than the presidential system that we now run. Presidential system is just too costly for a poor nation and that is liable for the corruption, incompetence and lack of accountability in Nigeria. So, allow us to return to parliamentary system of presidency. I’m a type of who would vote for a parliamentary system of presidency in a referendum, if there’s a referendum tomorrow for a change of system from presidential to parliamentary.

Some individuals consider Nigeria can’t make progress with its present construction and that it must restructure, however additionally it is believed that the North doesn’t need it. Why is the North against it?

What’s restructuring? You must give me the content material of the restructuring with the small print of the restructuring the nation requires. Is it the political system it operates vis-à-vis the system it operated earlier than independence or after independence? And for me, this nation actually was working earlier than independence with the areas. The areas have been just about impartial. Every area had a structure – northern, southern and western; that is the area we inherited from the British and we used it for less than 4 or 5 years. For me, if we had stored these regional constructions (as a result of they have been working for us), we would have been higher. The Western Area was doing very effectively with free training with out oil cash. The Northern and Jap areas had their trades too. However now, we now have obtained into what you referred to as presidential system of presidency and you’ve got billions coming from petroleum. However the place are the companies, faculties, universities, well being companies and safety regardless of the billions of coming in from the oil sector? So, what I’m saying is that the essential construction you wish to change is the idea for restructuring. And that is it – return to the parliamentary system and you will notice loads of variations between this current system which is unaccountable, stuffed with indiscipline and corruption. However the authorities doesn’t wish to change – every governor thinks he needs to be a governor endlessly in his state. We could be 5 areas however the constructions might be working better-schools, facilities, hospitals, and different locations might be working effectively. So, we have to return to that political construction as a result of the political construction we now have now (the presidential system of presidency) is just not working. And the straightforward problem we now have for everybody who’s speaking about restructuring is that we have to have a referendum and decide to return. That is the place we should always go. We should always not waste time speaking about an imaginary restructuring.

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Supply: Sunday PUNCH

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