Combat banditry, insurgency, not Kanu, Umar tells FG

On Wednesday, Col. Abubakar Umar (retd.), a former military governor of Kaduna State, slammed the All Progressives Congress and the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for focusing too much attention on the arrest of Kanu’s leader rather than the banditry and kidnappings ravaging the country.

Instead of focusing on the insecurity that threatens to ruin the country, Umar believes the Buhari regime should be celebrating the arrest of IPOB leader.
In a statement titled “Nigeria: A Nation Challenged,” the former governor declared this.

Remember that Umar was demoted from the Nigerian Army for his consistent stance on the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was widely regarded as being won by the late Chief MKO Abiola.

He remarked on Wednesday that the Federal Government must go beyond the arrest of Kanu and focus on other security issues that threaten Nigeria’s stability.
Umar said that Kanu’s arrest had little impact on ordinary northerners living in the North-West and North-East who had been afflicted by banditry, kidnapping, and insurgency, because “it does nothing to improve his terrible and horrific position.”

“The re-arrest of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu has aroused congratulatory sentiments to the Federal Government, which appears to be overburdened by intractable security difficulties and in desperate need of a redeeming act,” he stated.
“This is clearly exaggerating the security threat that Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB pose to the security and unity of our country. It is surprising and unsettling that the Federal Government pays disproportionate attention to separatist concerns while ignoring the more serious threats posed by robbers, kidnappers, and terrorists in the North West, North Central, and North East.”

“Those criminals’ activities have resulted in the evacuation of over 20% of the villages in the North-West and North-East,” he lamented. Every week, hundreds of people are killed or maimed. Many more people are kidnapped and held for ransom.”
“Over 1,000 pupils have been kidnapped in the last eight months, with over 300 remaining in the hands of criminals and kidnappers demanding a colossal ransom,” he stated. Women and young girls are being raped on a daily basis. Most economic activities, particularly farming, which is the people’s major source of income in these places, have become nearly impossible.”
Umar advised the administration to use nonviolent methods to confront the rising unrest in the country’s south-east.
“IPOB and its commander may possibly be responsible for some of the violence, including the death of security personnel, arson, and destruction of public and private property,” he added, adding that they should be held accountable.
While speaking about the country’s unity, the former governor claimed that Nigeria was better off as a single, indivisible entity than if it were to disintegrate.
The former governor slammed the Buhari administration for failing to process skills in managing the country’s diversity.
“To tell you the truth, the Buhari administration has shown a lack of ability in managing our diversity thus far. “However, it has the benefit of outstanding models from previous administrations and statesmen to lead it,” Umar remarked.

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