Olalekan Adetayo, Godwin Isenyo and James Abraham
TWO socio-political groups; The Arewa Consultative Forum and the Middle Belt Forum expressed anger at the claim by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (withdrawn), that peace and stability had been restored in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
Also, the Coalition of Northern Groups described the president’s claims as blatant lies, adding that Nigerians have lost confidence in Bukhari and his people to tell the truth.
Three states are known to be among the northern states ravaged by terrorist groups, including Boko Haram.
President Buhari praised the national security forces, saying they had managed to restore stability in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
A senior special assistant to the president for media and publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari in a statement as talking about the induction and inauguration of a newly acquired NAF MI-171E helicopter, two reactivated Alpha Jets and one L39ZA aircraft, all belonging to the Nigerian Air Force.
The statement was titled: “We remain relentless in the face of riots and other types of crime,” President Bukhari said as he ordered a new Air Force helicopter.
Shehu quoted the president as praising the security forces for their successes so far, especially by restoring “a certain level of stability not only in the states of Borno and Yobe, but also in the state of Adamawa”.
He said the president had noted that his regime had recently increased the capacity of the Nigerian Air Force by 23 brand new planes, and they were still on their way.
The President said, “These 23 new aircraft in addition to 15 additional aircraft, including 12 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States and 3 JF-17 Thunder Multi-Role Fighter aircraft from Pakistan that have been procured and will be delivered soon. ”
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The Nigerian leader said he had released two Agusta 101 helicopters from the presidential air fleet into the Nigerian Air Force to improve his tactical lifting capabilities.
The claim is contrary to reality, says the MBF
In response, the national president of the Middle Belt Forum, Dr. Bitrus Porgu, asked Mr. President where and how he achieved stability in the affected areas
Porgu, who spoke with in Jos, he argued that the reality on the ground in Borno in terms of the security situation was contrary to Buhari’s position.
The Middle Belt leader recounted many cases of Boko Haram killings, kidnappings and attacks that have taken place in Borno communities in recent times, including Chibok, Michika, Gwozu, Askira, the Maiduguri-Damaturu road, among others.
Porgu said: “Boko Haram kills people in these areas almost every day. So far, many people in Gwoza and Michika, who ran for their safety to Cameroon, have not yet returned to their ancestral homes due to the presence of Boko Haram. “
There is no stability in the northeast, the ACF insists
In the same vein, the National Secretary for Promotion at the ACF, Emmanuel Yawe, noted with shock what the President meant by saying that Nigerian security agencies had stabilized Born, Adamawa and Yobe; three states considered the epicenter of the Boko Haram attack.
Yawe told one of our correspondents in Kaduna that the president’s claim stemmed from the massacre of rebels by more than 40 farmers in Zarbarmari, Borno state, saying, “This is not stability.”
Nigerians have lost confidence in the president – CNG
For his part, CNG spokesman Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said: “The Nigerian public has long lost confidence in the ability of the president and his people to tell even a simple thing as the truth.
“In any case, a government that is infected with such grandmasters of sex and untruth, propaganda and unkind lies as the Minister of Information and two assistants to the presidential media cannot expect to take it seriously.
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“In a region where farmers are denied access to farms, highways cannot be passed, schools are attended at personal risk, and the police have generally become a major problem, no leader can boast of success in restoring stability.
“Obviously, the presidency is coming up with this new gaffe to divert attention from concerns across the country over the Financial Times report that Nigeria is under the current administration (regime) on the verge of becoming a failed state.”
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