Governor of Kastina state, Aminu Bello Masari, has faulted those criticizing the Buhari led Federal government, stating that Nigeria is safe now than in 2015.
Aminu Bello Masari, who is the governor of President Muhammadu Buhari home state, said critiques of the President Buhari have failed to sincerely see the progress President Buhari is making in addressing the insecurity challenges.
He maintained that in 2015, under, formal President Goodluck Jonathan, a journey from Kaduna to Abuja, which should take three hours, last for five hours, because of check points to avert kidnapping.
Bello Masari said that the rising cases of kidnapping in Nigeria is caused by economically attractive nature of Nigeria in the Sahel.
Governo Bello Masari, All Progressive Congress, stated that:“When we started in 2015 in the North-West, it was cattle-rustling. Gradually, it now developed into banditry, rape, kidnappings. When all that they (bandits) can steal from the villagers along the fringes finished, they moved to the rustling of goats, sheep, and even chicken.
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“Let’s take 2015, you cannot go to the church, you cannot go to the mosque. If I travel from Kaduna to Abuja, it will take five hours, three of those hours are for checkpoints. I will meet nothing less than 30 checkpoints.
“Is the situation the same today? It is not…Yes, there are kidnappers, there are bandits around but look at the whole world and look at the position of Nigeria in the Sahelian region. Are we not the richest? So, the attraction even for kidnappers to come to Nigeria is there. If you kidnap somebody in Mali, where are you going to get thousands? If I kidnap you in Nigeria, I get millions. So, all of us will have to rise to the occasion.”
Governor Masari continued: “What we should do and what government should do now is (about) high-profile kidnapping. In my state, they kidnapped four relatives of very senior government officials. When they cannot get anything to sustain themselves, they resort to high-profile kidnappings for money in cities and town. That is the danger, that is something we must work hard to stop.”
Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari stated this, during a live programm ‘Politics Today’, on Channels Television, which was monitored by Nationalwatchng, on Wednesday.
While calling for state police, the Katsina state governor regretted that the National Assembly, have failed to perform their function in decentralizing policing in the country.
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