BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – A traditional Chief in Borno State, Alhaji Zanna Hassan Boguma, has said that five years after, President Muhammadu Buhari has not been able to remedy or address the insecurity and other issues the previous Government was accused of.
Alhaji Hassan particularly said that in spite of claims, President Buhari has failed to tackle the issue of insecurity especially in the North East.
Hassan, who is the Zanna Boguma of Borno stated these in an interview with Arewa Agenda, stressing that the escalation of attacks by the Boko Haram on soft targets, kidnappings on highways and the systematic dislocation of communities that were living around the metropolis, are serious issues of grave security concern that have continued unabated.
Boguma, who is also a member of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) specifically berated the Presidency for not doing enough on developmental efforts in the Northern Region despite their immense contribution to President Buhari’s victories at the polls.
According to him; “As far as Nigeria is concerned, Buhari only appointed our sons into positions but they haven’t done enough in terms of development.
“Northerners are being killed by terrorists and armed bandits without solution in sight. General Buhari, yes! We northerners voted for him, the massive votes that came out from North was the reason why he is President of this country now”.
Boguma noted that the Northern Elders Forum worked hard for Buhari to become President, including lobbying the United States of America to support his candidacy.
He further said; “We went up to America to influence the United State’s Government to support the cause of change in Nigeria, we did that. The Northern Elders Forum sent a delegations which I am also part of that delegation, we went to Washington, we met with all those that matters in America from Department of State to that of Justice to all other Agencies of Government.
“We spoke to them about insecurity, we spoke to them about corruption in this country of which Buhari is always talking about, but unfortunately, Buhari in five years hasn’t done enough to remedy the situation the previous Government was accused of”.
He however expressed the hope that President Buhari can do better in the remaining three years of his tenure.