Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Banditry, kidnapping sprang up during Buhari regime: Femi Adesina

Banditry and kidnapping sprang up under President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime, says presidential media aide Femi Adesina.

• October 12, 2021
Bandits Buhari Toothpick
Bandits and President Muhammadu Buhari

Banditry and kidnapping sprang up under President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime, says presidential media aide Femi Adesina.

“We met an insecure country, we went at it, and there was some stability, and after a while, it exploded again, and it became hydra-headed,” Mr Adesina told Channels TV on Monday. “Insurgency was the main problem then, but banditry, kidnapping, cultism, and all sorts of things came in. So, it’s a serious issue.”

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has been witnessing mass kidnapping of schoolchildren for ransom, wanton violence, including commando-style fatal raids on military and police facilities.

According to Mr Adesina, Mr Buhari’s regime has been making relentless efforts, and security has improved.

“The government is working at it seriously. There is progress, but some people want to mistake it for stagnancy,” the media aide said. “Government is always a continuum. One government may do well in some areas and not do as well in some areas, and it will exit, and another government will continue.”

Despite the news of attacks making headlines daily, Mr Adesina asserted that Mr Buhari’s regime had made progress in securing the country, compared to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

“Can you compare the security situation today, as dire as it is, with 2015? You dare not,” he said. “It was only insurgency then but the way bombs went off like firecrackers in all cities of the country, can you compare that to today?” he queried.

He further criticised Nigerians for describing the regime as a “complete failure.” 

“So, it will be disingenuous for you to say that there hadn’t been improvement in certain areas in security. There are certain areas where the delivery is high — higher than some other areas. But for anybody to say it’s a complete failure, that will not be true,” he insisted.

Mr Adesina, who initially claimed opponents and critics of the president played up insecurity to rubbish the regime, recently admitted that Nigeria has been passing through the most challenging times in the past 18 months.

“We have, indeed, passed through the most challenging of times in the past 18 months: security-wise, economically, socio-politically, and in many other ways,” Mr Adesina had said in an article published on his Facebook page. “Life has descended into the Hobbesian state of nature; nasty, brutish and short.”

More from Peoples Gazette

Russian President, Vladimir Putin


Russia not interested in gas price hike: Putin

“Therefore we are not interested in the endless growth of prices for energy resources, including gas,” Mr Putin said on Wednesday.

Buhari and PDP


#EndSARS now symbol of Buhari’s murderous regime: PDP

“EndSARS has become the emblem of the resistance by Nigerians against the insensitive, incompetent corrupt, divisive and decadent APC administration.”

U.S. Secret Service officers


U.S. Secret Service nabs eight Nigerian Black Axe cultists for multimillion-dollar fraud

The Black Axe defendants and other conspirators worked together from Cape Town to engage in widespread internet fraud involving romance scams and advance fee schemes.


Doctors place Queen Elizabeth on royal rest

She is resting at Windsor Castle, the world’s oldest inhabited castle.

Nigerian police officers used to illustrate the story


Woman slaps policeman, lands in court

The cook slapped one of the policemen who arrested her for being in a ‘black spot’ late at night. She was given a bail of N500, 000 with two sureties each in like sum.