Ayo Adebanjo, leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere has accused President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of failing in the area of security.
Adebanjo said life had never been so cheap in Nigeria like being witnessed under the Buhari-led administration.
He was reacting to the call by the Katsina State Governor, Bello Masari that people of his state should arm themselves for self-defence against bandits.
However, Adebanjo said Masari’s call was significant because he belongs to the same political party and state as Buhari.
In a statement by Afenifere’s mouthpiece, Jare Ajayi, Adebanjo said: “The worst aspect of all these is the level of insecurity in the country today. At no time in the history of this Nigeria had life been so cheap and living so precarious as they were presently.
“Unfortunately, those who should act are expressing their helplessness as exemplified by the call of Katsina state Governor Bello Masari on the people of the state to find the means of securing themselves against bandits who have literally taken control in many parts of the state.
“For sure, Masari was not the first official to make such a call. But this was very significant not only because he belongs to the same political party as the president but also because he is the governor of the President’s home state.
“Rather than confronting the challenges in various issues that have direct bearings on the life of the people, the federal government preferred to go for the less impactful things such as regulating the media, going after those who are peacefully expressing displeasure over what is going on in the country and concerning itself with where and how cows are to be grazed in the country.”