Former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Umar (retd) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of mismanaging Nigeria’s diversity.
Col Umar (retd) pointed out that with justice, equity and fairness, everybody will have a sense of belonging and there will be peace irrespective of the size of the population and diversity of the country.
In a statement titled “Nigeria: A nation challenged”, the ex-military governor described as “disturbing”, the fact that the Buhari-led federal government is paying undue attention to threats from separatists’ movements instead of more threatening ones posed by kidnappers, bandits and insurgents in the Northern parts of the country.
According to him, the activities of these criminals resulted in the evacuation of over 20% of the villages in Northeast and Northwest, while millions have been rendered internally displaced.
The displaced people are facing starvation and diseases; over one thousand school children were abducted, three hundred of them are still in the hands of the bandits and rape cases are now frequently occurring.
He disclosed that most economic activities, particularly farming, are now impossible, noting that government’s earlier claim of having technically defeated Boko Haram insurgency is an empty propaganda.
Col. Umar (retd) stressed that the arrest and prosecution of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, that is being celebrated by Buhari and the federal government, is not Nigeria’s biggest problem, rather it is federal government’s inability to put an end to insurgency, kidnapping and banditry, while injustice and lack of equity and fairness is giving rise to the agitation by separatist groups in the country.
He explained that justice; fairness and equity are the best means of building a united and virile nation, particularly one as diverse and fragile as Nigeria, noting that Nigeria can only remain united and prosperous when all its citizens feel a true sense of belonging.
He concluded that the Buhari-led administration has so far exhibited poor skills in its management of Nigeria’s diversity and this could be responsible for his government’s refusal to appoint an Ibo as head of any of the security services.
According to Umar, Buhari should do more to quell the escalating level of insecurity in Nigeria.