Insecurity: “Buhari’s friends gave him wrong information” – Shehu Sani

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Senator for Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, Shehu Sani said that insecurity worsened because President Muhammadu Buhari chose to listen to “wrong information” provided by his friends.

Sani said that these friends convinced the president to dismiss the Bukola Saraki-led Senate’s concerns about “killings in Kaduna, in Zamfara, in parts of Katsina State and Niger State”.

He added that security would not have deteriorated if the president had not treated the 8th Senate as an enemy rather than a partner in development.

The vocal activist warned the Federal Government to deal decisively with banditry and similar crimes before they jeopardised the nation’s unity.

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“I think President Muhammdu Buhari has been made to believe that we were his enemies in the last Senate when we were raising issues of banditry, kidnapping, bloodletting and violence.

“Time and again, I stood on the floor of the Senate to bring to the attention of the president and the conscience of the country, the killings in Kaduna, in Zamfara, in parts of Katsina State and Niger State. But many of the ppresident’s friends dismissed what we have said as either exaggeration or outright lies or we were simply trying to tarnish or rubbish the image of the government.

“And as such, Buhari’s friends gave Buhari wrong information about the state of security in northern Nigeria and he was made to believe that things are well and he is doing good and that it is not as tragic as we are portraying it to be.

“Today, the cart has become a monster. Our country is now beleaguered and bewailed because of the activities of these bandits. Kaduna happens to be surrounded by states that are deeply into this banditry – Niger, to Zamfara, to Katsina State.

“So, we are almost at the epicentre of it. And the banditry used to be in Birnin Gwari Local Government, but now, it has moved to Chikun, to Kajuru, to Igabi Local Governments and even bandits now storm houses in Zaria and pick professors and take them to the bush.

“This is how banditry has become. As for the Southern Kaduna, it is a different case.

“Herdsmen and bandits sneak around to kill people and if we don’t do anything about it, this is seriously not only about the havoc it is creating in rural communities, but it is also threatening the peace, order, stability and unity of Nigeria,” Sani told Sunday Sun.

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