Stop treating terrorists with kid gloves Afenifere tells Buhari

Pan Yoruba socio-political organization, AFENIFERE, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prove to terrorists and bandits that he is still in charge of the nation. The organization while expressing concerns over the rising spate of insecurity in the country wondered if the president was aware of the security situation in Nigeria.

What else did Afenifere say?

Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade Jare Ajayi said no part of the country is safe again, disclosing that in Ogbomosho, Oyo state in the South West, three cases of kidnapping was recorded which involved the death of the victims.

Ajayi noted that insecurity has festered this long because of the “kid’s-glove manner with which government is dealing with it, adding that terrorists and kidnappers have been so emboldened that they now attack security institutions at will, malevolently going into the house of their victims to deal them, all under the watch of the government and security agencies.

“Instances that can be cited in this respect included the followings: Reports have it that bandits on the night of Sunday, August 7, attacked and killed three persons while scores were reportedly abducted by the attackers in Bali town, headquarters of Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.

“The bandits began to raid people from house to house after overpowering the security personnel at the checkpoint. Just last Friday, four police officers were killed when gunmen attacked Agwa Divisional police Headquarters in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State in the South-East” he said.

Afenifere also faulted the idea of reintegrating confirmed terrorists and bandits “as evidence has shown that such seemingly reintegrated bandits go ahead to commit crimes that are more heinous than the ones they were known for beforehand”.

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What does Afenifere want Buhari to do?

The group, in a statement, said  President Muhammadu Buhari must go beyond condemning and prove to the terrorists that he is still in charge.

The statement reads in parts: “Equally important, President Muhammadu Buhari needs to come out and let perpetrators of terrorism and kidnapping know that he has had enough. He should let them realize 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”.