Attack On Emir Of Kano An Indication Nigeria Is Under Threat, Says Buhari
Twenty four hours after former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida condemned the gun attack on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero and called for a change of federal government approach in tackling the security challenges posed by the Boko Haram islamist sect, another former militay ruler and three times presidential candidate, General Mohammadu Buhari has condemned the incident which he described as a strong confirmation that the nation is under great threat.
Buhari in a statement issued on his behalf today by the spokesman of his party, CPC, Rotimi Fashakin urged Nigerians to wake up and be on the alert. “The National leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) is horrified by the armed attack on the convoy of the Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ado Bayero on Friday, 18th January, 2013 and has expressed sympathy on the loss of lives therein. The portent of this latest security challenge is: the Nigerian state is not just under an ominous cloud of insecurity but all the Citizens (under the Nation space) are also victims.
“This is indeed one attack too many! Let it be stated that insecurity of lives and property in any clime is a measure of its lev el of development. This aptly explains why the Nation’s constitution, in section 14, places security and welfare of the people on the Government. As Citizens, we look forward to the time that this cloud of insecurity shall be lifted and all Nigerians (of whatever religious persuasion and ethnic extraction) shall be free to pursue happiness and living anywhere under the Nation-space in tranquil setting. God bless Nigeria”, Buhari stated in the release.
Babangida had in his own statement yesterday said: “It is not in doubt that our dear country is undergoing serious security threats on a regular and unbroken basis. The reported cases of terrorist attacks are becoming frightening and seriously call for security alert by all and sundry.
“Despite spirited efforts by government, it is disturbing that this ugly trend has refused to depart from us, reason why government must change tactics and methods in handling this security challenge.
“I wish to advise the Federal Government to exploit the option of dialogue with members of the insurgent groups in order to arrest this prevailing drift in our national security.
“The use of force has proven to be inadequate and ineffective to checkmate this ugly trend. We must therefore put hands together to find a more rewarding and meaningful end to this security concern. “Dialogue is my number one preference in this regard. Government must also encourage positive discourses among its political appointees delivered with respect and rendered in temperate language to soothe the mood of the nation.
“Language of force will not help us in our strong determination to address this insecurity problem. We must engage ourselves constructively and in a manner that puts the interest of the country far and above other partisan consideration.”
“The attack on the Emir of Kano which reportedly left four people dead is a wake-up call to all of us. What could be the motive? What does anyone stand to gain by attempting to kill an Emir that is nearing eighty?
“The Emir of Kano stands out as one traditional ruler who does not seek favours from those in governments and outside it, and who over the years, has been able to live an exemplary life to the admiration of all. His record of achievements, the stability and candour he has brought to bear on the throne, are virtues that will live for posterity. May Allah continue to grant him good health for today and the future.
“It is against this backdrop that I find it condemnable for anyone to attempt the Emir’s life. I wish to use this opportunity to condole with the Emir and the people and Government of Kano State over the sad loss of Palace Aides. May Allah, in His mercy and grace, reward them with Aljanah Firdaus, Amin.
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