Insurgency, poverty, banditry now a norm under Northern president – Yerima laments

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President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Shettima Yerima, has said that the north was very disturbed that insurgency, poverty and banditry have become a norm under its son, President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said it was disconcerting that from having only Boko Haram and pipeline vandalisation pre-2015, the nation’s security situation has now worsened to the extent that “almost all the crimes you can mention are currently going on repeatedly in all parts of the country, most especially in the Northern parts of Nigeria”.

Yerima stated this in an interview published by Daily Sun on Friday.

The ACF president insisted that the attitude of the Buhari administration towards security was unsatsfactory.

He noted that the security agencies were grossly underfunded, and maintained that the government was playing hanky-panky with the funding of the military and intelligence agencies.

“The government should consider the lives and properties of innocent and defenseless Nigerians who are killed on a daily basis.

“The attitude of this government to security challenges is not satisfactory at all. They must change their strategy to security if really, they want to combat insurgency to a standstill.

“They must cooperate with communities and engage them with proper ways of becoming vigilant.

“If the government continues to use the old strategy, definitely, the result will remain the same and will continue to grow worse every day,” Yerima said.

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