By Ibrahim Mohammad kaduna
As Nigerians continue to criticize President Goodluck Jonathan for refusing to visit Chibok where over 200 girls students were kidnapped by insurgents in Borno North-Eastern Nigeria, Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai mentioned reasons why it was too risky for the president to visit the town.
Alhaji Tanko Yakasai disclosed this in a popular FRCN Radio Hausa phone in Programme “Hannu da Yawa” monitored in Kaduna.
According to him, soldiers were the right security agents to be sent to the town and not the president.
” Why I think the president decision not to visit the town was alright is because we were all aware of the deteriorated level of insecurity in that part of the country.
” We all know it’s too risky for the president to visit chibok at that time the girls were kidnapped . The president is not a soldier, soldiers are the people that should be sent there.
” If I was the president and such an incident occur the right thing for me to do was to send soldiers and to be frank our soldiers are doing their best.
” We are hearing on radio and read on paper how soldiers were being killed but yet they are doing their best.
” I don’t know what is happening, the minister of Defense Ali Gusau is a northerner National Security Adviser a northerner Inspector General of Police, northerner Chief of Defense Staff, is also a northerner. All soldiers are under his order,
” if all these people couldn’t address the problem how could it be easy for the president to do it. Don’t forget the suicide bomber are now expert so what will happen if they ambush the president and something bad happened to him do you think his people will accept that.” he said.
Alhaji Yakasai also spoke on the deteriorated state of insecurity in the region which he described as worrisome.
He said to end the crisis serious measures must be taken by the government and people.
” Could you imagine today we are talking of female suicide bomber when we all know in history that female are known to be shy and peace loving.
” But today a girl of age 13 was caught with bombs some have detonated their bombs which killed many people in Kano. This is why it’s always advisable to tackle such a problem at early stage before its get out of hand,” he said.
He appealed to ordinary Nigerians to advice federal government on ways to end the killings in the region as he appealed to Muslims and Christians to continue praying for unity and development of the country.
It could be recalled that the kidnapped caused uproar worldwide with so many civil organizations within and outside the country calling on federal government to rescue the girls from their abductors.
But months letter the girls whereabouts still remain a unknown.