Former Military Head of State and leader of Congress for Progressive Change, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has blamed the lingering insecurity in the country on the poor handling of the situation by the Federal Government.
Specifically, Buhari blamed President Goodluck Jonathan administration for the poor handling of the insurgency that had taken more lives and properties than necessary in Nigeria.
He said the problem of insecurity was not peculiar to the North alone, adding that there was no difference between the Boko Haram sect in the North and the militants in the South-South.
The CPC presidential candidate in the 2011 general elections spoke on the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, when he visited its headquarters in London on Monday.
He said, “The problem of terrorism is not confined to the North alone. Insecurity generally should be blamed on the Federal Government.
“The world is very much concerned about two things — the issue of security and economic well-being of a nation. Security is number one. A nation can only be economically viable if there is security. But how did all these crises start? How did the crises begin and assume this dimension?”
Establishing a relationship between kidnapping and bombing, Buhari said, “Up until now, every day, they abduct people and receive ransoms. How was the problem reduced? How did it start? What method was employed to convince them to mellow down?
“Similarly what we should look at is, how did the Boko Haram start? We know all these. Security is the responsibility of the government.
“It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to know how this thing started and how to go about it. First and foremost, security is the responsibility of the government; they should know how this thing came about.”