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Special Interview: Police, NASS Leadership, Community Leaders Failed Nigeria – Buhari Fumes

By Gboyega Adeoye

President Mohammadu Buhari has said that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and community leaders have failed Nigeria in reaction to the insecurity in the country.

He said this just as he blamed the chunk of the inability of his administration to deliver to the expectations of Nigerians on the leaderships of the national assembly

The President disclosed these views in a “Special Interview” aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) yesterday, Monday, May 27.

Major among the issues the president touched are insecurity, the economy, judiciary, the 2019 general elections among others.

Asked by the interviewer what he thought about the problem of kidnapping for ransom which was frequent in the country, President Buhari said: “Those who are committing atrocities against communities, against the state and the country came from somewhere in Nigeria. Their neighbours know them, and we have politicians and rulers; the police are in the front line.

“We have the police in every major town and city in this country and I said they were not given the uniform and rifles to impress anybody, but to secure the people.

“I think the community leadership and the police have failed this country,” the President added.

Asked what he would do about the problem, the President said he would continue to do his best.

The President said he depended on reports in dealing with the security chiefs, adding that removing them could destabilise the security architecture.

He added that he was used to high standards and was giving them room for improvements.

Meanwhile, President Buhari also scored the national assembly low over incessant delay in passing budget, a development which slowed down governance with attendant adverse result on the populace.

He wondered why it should take the lawmakers seven months to pass budget, noting that even if they had axe to grind with him, they should have considered the welfare of the citizenry first

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