The Presidency has come out to clear the air as to the reason why the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari is seemly at ease over the killings in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State.
Taunted by growing criticisms of the Federal Government’s deafening silence over the series of killings in the different parts of the country and most recently the killing of six persons in Goska village, Jama’a Local Government Area of Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State, the presidency has come out to give the reason for its ‘silence’.
It should be recalled that critics of the president in this regard had condemned President Buhari for always being very quick to react to killings abroad by issuing statements when they happened but always turned a deaf ear when they happened in the country.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, while speaking on Sunrise Daily – a Channels Television’s breakfast programme on Monday, said that President Muhammadu Buhari had been silent because Nigeria is supposed to be operating true federalism which allows for state affairs to be treated at the state level.
Adesina’s comment is coming at a time when gunmen had killed not less than six persons in Goska village, Jama’a Local Government Area of the state, in spite of the curfew the state government had imposed on the village some days earlier.
Defending the President, Adesina said that there was no need for the president to react to all the killings in Southern Kaduna as the governor was in total control of the situation and briefed Mr. President regularly on the situation of things there.
Furthermore, he insisted that the governor, as the chief security officer of the (Kaduna) state, was responsible for anything that was happening in the state and has assured his boss (President Buhari) that the perpetrators of the crimes will be brought to book shortly.
Mr. Adesina said:
“You don’t have to hear from the president on that matter. When it pays us, we talk about federalism and true federalism; yet you want the president and presidency to talk about everything.
“When a thing like this happens in a state, there is a chief security officer and he is supposed to be on top of the matter.
“Governor El-Rufai was at the villa on Thursday to brief the president, so why should the president then be talking about it?
“In true federalism it is the governor that should be in charge and he is in charge of it.
“The Federal Government has roles to play but not as much as the states and local governments.”
At least not less than six people were mauled early Sunday when armed bandits invaded Goska village, in Jema’a Local Government Area of Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that one of the victims is a teenage secondary school student, Gimbia Morik, an SSS 2 student and daughter of Gideon Morik, former Deputy Speaker of Kaduna House of Assembly. The attack suspected to be have been carried out by herdsmen on a revenge mission.
Mr. Morik, the father of the slain girl and a former chairman of Jema’a local government:
“The attackers just stormed the village and started shooting; they killed six people including my daughter, and five others.”
He said that the attackers injured many others and burnt many houses.
But following Adesina’s comments, he has immediately come under fire for his defense of Mr President’s negligence and decision not to talk about the killings.
RightsAfrica said through Twitter: “Please note when @MBuhari spoke about killings in Berlin and Paris, it’s because Merkel and Holland aren’t on top there!”
While one Nasiru Usman said: “All the blame on Jonathan is politics. Why didn’t you blame the state governors ruling states affected by Boko Haram since it was a state issue?”