…As Tsav says Politicians behind bandits’ activities in Nigeria***
President Muhammadu Buhari highlighted on Tuesday that the directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to stop providing foreign exchange for food importation, was strategically improve agricultural production and attain full food security.
The President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu who explained this in a statement, said Buhari indicated this while hosting the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors to Eid-el-Kabir lunch at his country home in Daura, Katsina State on Tuesday, just as Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, a former Lagos State Commissioner says politicians are responsible for activities of bandits terrorising the country.
No one identifies the role of hunger or the shrinking availability of food to insurgency or recruitment by bandits.
According to the president, the foreign reserve will be used strictly for diversification of the economy and not for encouraging more dependence on foreign food.
“Don’t give a cent to anybody to import food into the country,’’ he said.
The President noted that some states like Kebbi, Ogun, Lagos, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Kano had taken advantage of the Federal Government’s policy on agriculture with huge returns in rice farming.
He, therefore, urged more states to plug into the ongoing revolution to feed the nation.
“We have achieved food security, and for physical security we are not doing badly,’’ he said.
Buhari said he was particularly delighted that young Nigerians, including graduates, had started exploring agric-business and entrepreneurship, with many posting testimonies of good returns on their investments.
He said the incoming ministers would be guided to meet the targets of the APC-led government for the people.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, said the President’s sense of justice and fairness had been inspiring to governors.
He said the challenges faced by states “were enormous’’, but the governors had remained undaunted, assuring the President of strong support and “the very best effort’’ to overcome the obstacles.
The Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, appreciated the President for the unique leadership style of maintaining a healthy relationship with governors on individual and collective basis.
He stressed that they had been “energized’’ to do more in their states.
The governor commended the President for making bold and courageous efforts to reposition the economy for majority of Nigerians through inclusive policies.
“The country is more secure than in 2015, and the country is more prosperous than in 2015 because you are working for the majority of the people,’’ he added.
Bagudu said the party had been repositioned, after the 2019 elections, to work for the benefit of the majority of Nigerians, noting that “there will two elections this year and we need to work towards winning the two states.’’
Meanwhile, a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav has indicated that politicians are responsible for activities of bandits terrorising the country.
Tsav stated this on Tuesday in Makurdi, noting that banditry and most insecurities occurring in the country were created by politicians. He however refused to mention the names of the politicians.
He maintained that most politicians knew exactly who the bandits were and why they were carrying out such activities.
“Banditry and insecurity are created by politicians and the politicians know who the bandits are. They know why these people are doing this.
“I want to appeal to our political class to have a change of heart and cooperate with security agencies to reduce criminality in the land.
“If the police are courageous enough to search houses and monitor activities of politicians, you will see what they will recover from them,” he said.
He said increased level of corruption and porous borders had also contributed in the ongoing security challenge as most arms were smuggled into the country through the borders.
Tsav therefore advised the Federal Government to embark on massive employment of security personnel as this would mop up most of the unemployed youths from the streets and reduce criminality in the country.
According to him, security agencies, especially the police, lack manpower to handle the incessant security breaches in the country as most of the ones in the service were currently attached to politicians.
“In the police service, for instance, we have few policemen and most of them are attached to politicians. In fact, the government should reduce salary of the legislature to fund the new intake.
“It is dangerous to attach a police officer to stay with a politician for more than two years because the moment they stay long with them they become very loyal to them instead of the Nigeria police force,” said the ex-police chief.