A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) In Oyo State, Mogaji Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe, has berated the Senator representing Oyo Central in the Senate, Teslim Folarin for saying more Nigerians have been killed by terrorists and organised criminals under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration than in previous governments.
Folarin, had during the weekend, at the 2021 lecture of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association in Ibadan, carpeted President Buhari’s administration for its inability to tackle insecurity effectively in the country, saying that daily media reports have shown that insecurity was rising in recent years.
But Tegbe, in a chat with Rulers’ World on Monday, viewed Folarin’s comment as uncalled for and baseless, adding that corruption aided the insurgency as money meant for arms was diverted by the previous administration.
The APC gubernatorial aspirant regretted that Folarin was not looking at the terrible state of insecurity before the present administration came on board, noting that he should take a retrospective and comparative look at the issue of insecurity in Nigeria before casting blame.
According to him, “There is an urgent need to be retrospective. That is the only way to do an objective appraisal.”
“It is painful that people are treating the recent upsurge in insecurity in isolation. That is neither fair nor objective.
“President Buhari is doing his best. He is just an ordinary human being and there are no magicians in Aso Rock. Take a look at the North East before 2015. Attacks by insurgents occurred daily. Boko Haram occupied 24 local government areas in three states (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe).”
“It was so bad that Borno residents could not pray in mosques or churches and the streets of Maiduguri were deserted. Those local government areas had neither electricity nor telecommunication coverage for four good years.”
“Borno schools were burnt and destroyed, markets were closed down and businesses were scuttled. Social life was paralyzed. How do we forget events so soon?”
“I will appeal to Nigerians to be patient and understanding. We should cooperate fully with the security agencies by giving them all necessary information about the activities and movements of insurgents and criminals within their localities, that’s the best way to fight insecurity together,” Tegbe stressed.