Gov Ayade Says Insecurity Is Beyond Buhari, Calls For International Partnership
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has called for international partnerships to tackle the rising levels of insecurity in Nigeria, maintaining that the situation is beyond President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor said this on Thursday, explaining that insecurity is not peculiar to the country.
“It is because people don’t understand the international dimension of this security challenge that they dismiss it as if it is a Nigerian or leadership issue,” the presidential hopeful said when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“It is a global issue with the focus on keeping Nigeria unstable and so you need some international strategic and security connection to actually address the issue. It is far beyond the President and the capacity of the President of Nigeria.”
‘It Could Have Been Worse’
The governor explained that terrorist groups like Boko Haram and ISWAP now have international links which means their influence spreads beyond Nigeria.
He said, “ISWAP has so much capacity today” just like Boko Haram with both targeting Nigeria’s mineral resources.
But while President Buhari met challenging situations, he has been able to tackle them, he said. According to him, the security condition could have been worse.
Nigerians, he argued, should therefore not judge Buhari based on “isolated incidents”.
“President Muhammadu Buhari met a challenging situation, held it, and has been able to pull back the terrorist attacks and you judge him based on one occasional incident,” the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain said.
“If he was not there, it could have been worse than what he met. But he has made a lot of improvements.”
Ayade said people are not noticing the improvements because “it is the normal human nature to celebrate one isolated incident”.