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The Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District, Ali Ndume has lamented the spate of insecurity across the country, charging President Muhammadu Buhari and the service chiefs to do more to secure the lives and property of Nigerians.
Ndume said it was the primary responsibility of the president to protect the people, noting that he should do more than issue statements condemning attacks by terrorists.
He said this when he appeared on Channels Television on Thursday, stating that he was utterly disappointed by the response of political leaders who he expected to take responsibility in the wake of the incessant attacks on the citizenry.
The lawmaker expressed pain to be addressed as a Senator given that most of them are unable to do more than call the executive and security chiefs to action.
Speaking on whose responsibility it is to brief Nigerians after such fatal attacks on citizens, Ndume said, “the service chiefs are there, the NSA is there and the President is there.
“This is not a State matter but if it was in the State, the State Governors should be doing that. You see it happening everywhere. You see it happening everywhere.
“Honestly, we’re in trouble. Don’t take these things lightly. I’m worried…we should be talking about how to address this matter and what citizens need to do…I’m really disappointed with the response of so many leaders.
“And it’s our responsibility. The responsibility of the government is security and welfare of its citizens and then you have leaders responding as if it is a casual thing and not their responsibility.
“It is our responsibility. I feel pained to be called a Senator and almost like helpless- most of us are like that- sitting down as observers.”
Commenting on how he will tackle the current insecurity, Ndume stated, “I’ll call the security Chiefs to brief me properly, then I’ll brief the nation on what is going on, sharing with them what needs to be shared without compromising the security situation.
“The President or whoever is in charge is supposed to sit some people down and get results, not just making statements. I’ve said it before, when it comes to issues like this, it is the President who is supposed to be addressing Nigerians, not some advisers.
“The President should be taking responsibility. He is the President! You see, religiously, by the time you ask people to elect you as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, anything that happens to any Nigerian, we’ll hold you accountable for it “