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Former Chief of Army Staff, Gen Akinrinade raises alarm over Boko Haram, killer herdsmen, warns Buhari

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A former Chief of Army Staff and member of the defunct National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, General Alani Akinrinade (retd.), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to change the country’s security architecture.

This was in reaction to comments  made by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara that he does not have control over the security apparatus of the state.

The general was quoted in a chat with Thisday, to have l said, “There are so many things that bother me even about security. First of all, we are spending so much that our countrymen are not thinking.

“How much of our resources – human, material and capital – have gone into security and yet, nobody is sure that we have beheaded Boko Haram or that there are no other terror groups springing up.

“Some of these issues have not been addressed properly. I will like to hear my president say there is no room for anybody – whether you’re herdsmen or farmers – killing one another and that he is going to do something very serious about the issue.

“He should change the architecture of the security forces – creating state police that will be strong and responsive to the needs and welfare of the people along with laws that will ensure that the state police are not used by some governments to harass their opponents.”

On Buhari’s second term ambition, Akinrinade said that he cannot see on the horizon anyone that is trusted enough, who has the tenacity, the experience, the strategy, to create a Nigeria of our dream. He also said that Nigeria does not need strong men but individuals, who can bring people together and think out of the box to create a Nigeria that is cohesive and dynamic.

Source: Daily Post

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