‘If People Are Commenting on Insecurity, Does That Mean It Is Been Politicised?’, Osuntokun Criticises Buhari

  • That is his (President Buhari’s) own interpretation according to his own convenience.
  • Say casual detachment to people is getting out of hand.

Akin Osuntokun, a former presidential aide, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari for saying those politicising the issue of insecurity in the country are not patriotic.

President Buhari, who stated this while receiving the National Executives of the Buhari Campaign Organisation at the State House on Tuesday, had said he was confident that his administration uses all the resources at its disposal to protect the lives of all Nigerians and not just prominent Nigerians.

He, however, stated that those who politicize the isolated incidents of insecurity are not patriotic Nigerians.

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In his reaction, Osuntokun who featured as a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today, said, “what do you mean by politicising? who is politicising it?”.

“That is his (President Buhari’s) own interpretation according to his own convenience. In any case, if people are commenting on issues, how does that amount to politicisation?

“What of those people who are victims? This type of casual detachment to people is getting out of hand. When he (President Buhari) was attacked some years ago, did people not talk? Did people not raise issues then? Should people not have talked now? Now you want people to be quiet,” he added.

In his own contribution, Professor Ussiju Medaner, however, disagreed with his opinion, insisting that the issue of insecurity is indeed being politicised.

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The president’s comment is coming on the heels of the murder of Funke Olakunrin, a daughter of Afenifere’s National Leader, Reuben Fasoranti, who was shot and killed on Friday by suspected herdsmen while travelling along the Benin-Ore Expressway. This has sparked outrage from different groups across the country, with many calling for tougher measures to be put in place to secure the nation while also asking that the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

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