3rd July, 2012
A former chairmanship aspirant in Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the last election in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, Segun Adekunle-Alli, has decried what he describes as government’s confusion on the best way to handle the Boko Haram menace.
Adekunle-Alli particularly expressed worries over President Jonathan’s statement during the last presidential media chat that the Boko Haram members constantly defied government’s efforts because they often come up with strategies.
According to him, the president had admitted failure in this regard by publicly disclosing that the country’s security agents cannot effectively tackle the sect.
“It is a case to sincerely worry about especially at a time when people no longer trust even their close neighbours.
“The president should have used the opportunity of the media chat to douse tension and give positive messages to the people rather than running the country’s security agencies,” he lamented, adding that since becoming president of the country, Jonathan had often made controversial statement that have always resulted in criticisms against his government.
The ACN chieftain advised those around the president to always vet whatever statements he makes in public since Nigerians were getting frustrated with the country’s current situation.
He also urged security chiefs in the country not to continue to relax in the face of serious insecurity, noting that they are paid with public funds to maintain peace.
“A situation where peace eludes those who pay you to secure them, then you have no job being there,” he advised.
He tasked Nigerians to be security conscious as they go about their daily activities and urged them to always report every suspicious activities.