The Chairman of the All Progressives Youth Forum, APYF, Ismaeel Ahmed says the Nigerian Government has been nonchalant in taking action concerning the security challenges in the country.
He criticized the manner in which the security issues had lingered, with issues getting the attention of social media and the international community before they get addressed.
He said that Nigerians feel a sense of abandonment because the Government, whose primary responsibility is to secure the lives and properties of the citizens, has abandoned them.
“Nigerians feel this way because a day after the Nyanya bomb blast in Abuja, the President went for a political rally”, he stressed.
Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Ahmed also expressed his displeasure at the Federal Government’s handling of the issue of the Chibok schoolgirls’ abduction.
“The President spoke about the Chibok girls a week and a half after it had trended on social media, the concentration was on the World Economic Forum, he didn’t address it”, he lamented.
Mr. Ahmed criticized the Government for not paying attention to Borno and other northern states under emergency rule, stating that it was the military and the Police that were in charge of security in the state and not the Governor.
He, therefore, urged the Government to take responsibility over the lives and properties of Nigerians and also be fast in taking decisions concerning the nation.
The chairman, All Progressive Youth Forum, Ismaeel Ahmed, has said that the local governments should be given the fiscal autonomy by the state government since the federal government is the main source of finance.
Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Ahmed explained that the local government is recognised by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and is supposed to be run by elected officials and not supposed to be at wheels of the state government to do as they please.
Comparing the local and state government he said unlike the former, the state government cannot be administratively run by persons appointed by the president unless there is state of emergency in case of insecurity, “if the federal government cannot do that to the state why should the state do that to the local government’’.
He added that the State House of Assembly is responsible for creating the local government and there is a constitution that recognises 774 local governments. This, he said, allows the National Assembly to allocate certain amount of funds from the federal government.