Friday, July 12, 2024

Buhari embarrassed Africa by begging U.S. to fight Boko Haram: Ghanaian Journalist

“He should be leaving office; he has not fulfilled his promise to the Nigerian people.

• May 1, 2021
Kwesi Pratt Jr
Kwesi Pratt Jr

Ghanaian journalist Kwesi Pratt Jr says it was “disgraceful” to hear President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired Major General, urge the United States to support Nigeria in combatting security challenges across the country.

In a virtual meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken on Tuesday, Mr Buhari said AFRICOM should be relocated to Africa to strengthen ongoing efforts to check the security situation, with likely effect on other nations.

“The security challenges in Nigeria remain of great concern to us and impacted more negatively, by existing complex negative pressures in the Sahel, Central and West Africa, as well as the Lake Chad Region.

“Compounded as the situation remains, Nigeria and her security forces remain resolutely committed to containing them and addressing their root causes. The support of important and strategic partners like United States cannot be overstated as the consequences of insecurity will affect all nations hence the imperative for concerted cooperation and collaboration of all nations to overcome these challenges,” the president had said.

Speaking with Pan African Television, Mr Pratt expressed his disappointment at Mr Buhari, saying it is embarrassing for the president to have made such call, despite his promise of combatting insecurity during his campaign in 2015.

“I was so embarrassed, I was so disgraced by the Nigerian head of state in the counts of things he said, I am embarrassed by Buhari,” the journalist said while recounting Mr Buhari’s campaign against former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

“When Buhari was campaigning to replace Goodluck Jonathan, what did he tell Nigerians? That he was a former general and still a general, that he would be able to stop the operations of Boko Haram, is that not the promise he made,” he queried.

“Now the same Buhari is telling us ‘I raise my hand we can’t fight Boko Haram, come and fight Boko Haram for us’”, Mr Pratt said asking Mr Buhari to resign over failure to combat insecurity.

“He should be leaving office; he has not fulfilled his promise to the Nigerian people. In any case, if Nigeria, a giant in Africa cannot deal with Boko Haram and have to go and beg Antony Blinken to bring soldiers into Lagos, Abuja, and other places to fight Boko Haram, then what would other countries like the Gambia do?” he said.

According to the experienced journalist, Africa is gradually “walking back into the embrace of our slave masters, we’re walking back into the embrace of our colonial oppressors, that is what they’re doing and these African leaders are doing that without blinking an eye, without any shame. What an embarrassment!”

Since his assumption of office, Mr Buhari has faced heavy criticisms over his failure to fulfill his campaign promises.

During his campaign in 2015, the president made over 30 campaign promises, some of which are: sustaining the anti-insurgency war and curb insecurity, rebuilding the economy, to fight corruption as well as include persons of integrity in the cabinet.

However, the president has been criticised over the years for failing to fulfill these promises, as security challenges and corruption in public offices have become more alarming.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State

Politics

Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

American President Joe Biden and Nigerian President Bola Tinubu

Abuja

Pressure mounts on Tinubu, Biden to release Binance’s Tigran Gambaryan

The resolution, published on the U.S. Congress website, stated, “The government of Nigeria must immediately release Tigran Gambaryan from imprisonment.”

Yobe Governor Mai Mala-Buni

Economy

3,196 Yobe youths employed in five years: Official

The Yobe government has employed 3,196 youths in the state’s civil service in the last five years.

Ned Nwoko

Politics

Stakeholders drum support for creation of Anioma state

Some stakeholders in Delta have declared support for the proposed creation of Anioma state.

Nigerians

Economy

FIRS: Tinubu’s government captures 170,000 new taxpayers in tax net

FIRS says the number of new taxpayers in Nigeria has increased by 170,000, and tax compliance has improved by 20 per cent over a year.

Buhari in suit

Economy

117 million bribes paid under Buhari regime in one year: Report

“It is estimated that some 87 million bribes were paid in 2023 (compared with 117 million estimated in 2019),” the report stated.

Information minister Mohammed Idris

Rights

Tinubu’s government warns journalists against taking freedom for granted, promises press liberty

“But you can’t carry out freedom itself and leave responsibilities. They have to go together for media freedom to be entrenched,” said Mr Tinubu.