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Insecurity: Anger in the Senate as lawmakers accuse Buhari of appointing incompetent people into cabinet
Temper flared once again in the Senate on Wednesday as Senators had reasons to question the commitment of the Executive Arm of government to the protection of lives and properties of Nigerians. Senators across party lines who spoke on a motion bordering on insecurity in Bauchi state, moved by Senator Isa Misau, pointedly accused President Muhammadu Buhari of not doing enough to protect Nigerians against mauraders who are killing them in numbers.
The issue became contentious when Senator Misau pointedly accused President Muhammadu Buhari of appointing incompetent people into his cabinet while the business of government suffered without the President doing anything tangible to save the situation. Misau is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). While he poured his anger on the government, Senate President, Bukola Saraki who presided over the plenary did not cut him short, but gave him ample time to express himself while other members listened to him with rapt attention. Taking the Buhari government to the cleaners, Misua noted that the government is exhibiting double standard in his anti-corruption war, noting that the appointment of the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, (NIA) Ahmed Abubakar, was tainted with nepotism. According to him, Abubakar fdoes not qualify to be NIA boss because he had failed promotion examination twice and had because of that exited the service to save his face. “Today, the DG NIA that was just appointed, is he qualified to be there? He’s not qualified.
This is the person that failed two exams, we know. He failed two exams and just because he is close to people taking decisions, he was appointed” he said. Abubakar before his new appointment was the Senior Special Assistant to the President, (SSAP,) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations, Misau also noted that the Misau also noted that there are so many incompetent persons working in the cabinet of Buhari, saying less than 50 percent of those in Buhari government are deserving of their appointments. He noted that the people in the cabinet “take decisions anyhow” and asked Buhari to sack his cabinet if he wishes to succeed in his administration. “So many incompetent people are holding so many positions. Fifty per cent of the ministers are not performing. Since the president assumed office he has not taken any decision to move this country. Today we are seeing it and everybody is avoiding it, nobody wants to say anything.
“So many appointments in this government are not on merit. Some people have taken over the government as if they are even above the president. They take decisions anyhow. “We say we are fighting corruption, Babachir that the Senate Committee indicted, and the vice-president’s committee indicted him too. Today, they are pursuing other people, why can’t they take Babachir (Lawal, to court and all of us are here keeping quiet. “People who have not done anything are always in court. This is the man that squandered money meant for IDPs and he is still visiting villa every day” he said. He also described the Attorney-General of the Federation as a misnomer in the cabinet. “This Attorney-General is becoming a nuisance, going to court to stop Maina (probe) and we are still here.
The IG came here with a lawyer that he is not going to answer any question from the Senate. After that he went to institute an order restraining Senate from investigating him” he said. He described the Buhari government as too vindictive who have been making efforts at getting the Senate President, Bukola Saraki removed at all cost. According to him, he was aware of a plot by the presidency through a serving Minister to create problems for Saraki and get him removed because the Villa is afraid Saraki is about to jump out of the APC. “When we were on holiday, so many people were going behind that they should try and remove the senate president. And it was a minister that was spearheading that thing.
What is the reason, they said that the senate president would leave APC that they should create problems for him (Saraki). What kind of country is this? Everything is about religion, about tribe.” He maintained that the issue of security would not be properly tackled until the executive makes appointments based on merit. He noted further competent people must be appointed to the cabinet of the president, as well as the security agencies before the war against upheavals can be won. “It is right time for us, let us know what to do. If it’s about talking here or holding conference, until we look at how the security system is. Who and who are holding sensitive positions? Are they competent? Were they appointed on merit? Senator Ben Bruce-Murray had earlier tore into the security apparatus of the nation, describing the heads of the security agencies are incompetent. He advised the president to throw out the head of the agencies for allowing “foreigners” to invade Nigeria without check-mating them while they are now killing Nigerians at will. But as soon as Misau was done, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the former Governor of Nasarawa state rose to the defence of the president.
He noted that the words used on the president by those who spoke earlier were too harsh as he called for caution. His position was, however, not popular as he was interjected by his colleagues, forcing him to keep shouting at the top of his voice, asking the Senate President to give him protection as he spoke. “I will not accept, anybody coming here virtually calling the President by his name, calling operatives of government by their names and condemning them. It’s not right. “Make your points within the laws. Comment that there is insecurity, nobody is saying you shouldn’t say so but you don’t say so in a way of inciting the public, it’s wrong” he insisted.
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