Still smarting from the Enugu onslaught by suspected Fulani herdsmen, the Arewa United Consultative Forum (AUCF), has come hard on critics of the present administration, describing their criticism as baseless and an attempt to distract government in desperate ploy to cover their shady tracks.
Speaking through its National President, Alhaji Ado Shuaibu Dansudu, AUCF, took a swipe at those blaming the Federal Government over the recent attack on Enugu by people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, saying such assumption was baseless.
According to Dansudu, notorious activities in the southern region of the country in the recent past is enough pointer to the fact that such heinous killings and vandalisation of properties in Enugu could either be inter or intra fueled.
“We have heard series of comments on the recent activities of the so-called herdsmen, enough to place doubt on where the problem is really coming from. While some said it could be possible that the brigands are intruding into the country through the neighbouring countries, some of us are also mindful of the polarisation of the south-east, as a result of the lingering clamour for a Biafra nation.
“We are not unaware that the clamour for self-autonomy in the region has created a division between a section of the tribe who genuinely want a state of their own and the others who have invested so much across the country and would prefer to be a Nigerian,” he said.
The Arewa leader said the agitation for a nation out of the present Nigeria by people from the East, has led to sundry illicit activities which, according to him, are injurious to the growth of the country.
He cited the vandalisation of pipelines as a more dastardly act, “worse than the activities of the Boko Haram and that of the so called herdsmen, put together.
“It is unfortunate that we are not paying enough attention to the most serious issue on our land, which is that of pipeline vandalisation. We fail to realize that activities like that put a deep hole in the purse of government, leading to death of Nigerians in thousands. This is because when the government is broke, the roads would be in bad shape, leading to more road accidents, hospitals would be in a sorry state, workers would not be able to earn their salaries and the entire nation would be in a standstill,” he said.
According to Dansudu, some Nigerians who benefitted so much from the last administration are bent on ensuring that the country remains in the doldrums by ensuring that the situation remains the way it was at all cost.
“You will see them crying foul each time the president travels outside the country because they know that the trips are leading to the discovery of where they kept our looted money. They are shouting because they don’t want to be caught. Let Nigerians know that Buhari is travelling to make Nigeria work. “All these criticisms are sentimental and egocentric. We should emulate the advanced countries where criticism of government is selfless and objective,” he said.
While expressing solidarity for the Buhari administration, AUCF urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on every facets of the national economy so as to alleviate the current sufferings of Nigerians.
Dansudu proposed that government should ensure adequate surveillance on the pipelines so that activities of vandals are curtailed while a strong economic team, comprising of experts, should be constituted to drive the sector.
“A specialised force should be formed to monitor our pipelines. The personnel in this section of the Nigeria Armed Forces should be equipped with sophisticated weapons to effectively monitor the pipelines. By so doing, a lot of money would be conserved, particularly at a time like this when we are witnessing a sharp drop in oil price at the international market,” he said.