A third republic senator, Anietie Okon, on Sunday noted that the shoot-at-sight order of President Muhammadu Buhari to security agencies is not enough.
The spokesman for the Akwa Ibom Elders Vanguard, said what is needed is expressed instruction to wipe out banditry from the country.
Okon made this claim while speaking with newsmen in Uyo the Akwa-Ibom State capital, on Sunday.
The former lawmaker questioned how the Buhari administration is dealing with bandits and insurgents in some parts of the north, describing it as unsatisfactory.
He said, “The Federal Government declared war in Igbo land; why can’t the Federal Government deploy same military aircraft and might to crush the insurgents and bandits kidnapping women and children daily in Zamfara, Kaduna and other parts of the north for huge ransoms?”
“This shows that the Buhari-led administration is treating the bandits with kid gloves. Buhari’s shoot-at-sight order is not enough. What is needed from the President is full permission to wipe out banditry and other forms of criminality from the county.”
“I have since stopped recognizing the present government as a government. It has further divided the country by jettisoning federal character considerations and competence in areas of appointment for parochial tribal and clannish considerations. This has further cracked the fragile unity we have achieved earlier in the country; we must work collectively to bring the country back from the brink of disaster.”
In another development, the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, on Sunday, noted that it not too much to challenge the Federal Government on the security issues affecting the country.
Kukah further stated that government at all levels must provide the enabling environment for Nigerians to thrive.