Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, on Sunday challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to account for the $1bn he allegedly withdrew from the Excess Crude Account to fight insecurity.
He said the call became necessary in view of the increasing spate of killings, banditry and kidnapping across the country.
Frank made the call in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja.
He said the looting of public funds that had so far characterised the current administration was responsible for persistent insecurity in the country.
He claimed that the President had failed to protect Nigerians.
He then demanded that the current “tired and incompetent heads of security agencies and service chiefs be sacked.”
“No serious government will keep incompetent service chiefs if the President himself is not personally benefiting from their cluelessness,” he added.
Frank said if Buhari’s government was to be judged by the level of insecurity in the country, failure would be an understatement in describing it.
He said no government had approved such humongous amount of fund to tackle insecurity in the history of Nigeria without noticeable improvement in the security of the country as was presently the case.
Frank said, “We are talking of $1bn (or N360bn) unilaterally withdrawn in a single tranche from the ECA by the current administration without any positive effect on the security of country . Rather, insecurity continues to bedevil the country without let. Haba
“The only achievement we have seen through the current military administration is propaganda and fake news to defend their looting.
“Dear Gen. Buhari, please tell the world what you did with $1bn (N360 bn) taken from the Excess Crude Account supposedly to fight insecurity!
“The number of lives lost and that of people displaced on a daily basis across the country is your responsibility which you must account for, but it is obvious that you only care about your ambition.
“The increasing level of insecurity in the country has pushed the citizens to the wall and this will no doubt set this country on fire if you don’t do the needful and urgently too.
“Nigerians should bear in mind that the more money the President approves to fight insecurity, the more the country becomes insecure.”
While responding to a statement credited to the President where he said ‘he is one of the unhappiest leaders in the world,’ Frank said that if the President was not happy, he would have sacked “the incompetent and tired service chiefs and his Minister of Defence -who cannot secure even his family in Zamfara, his home state.”
He called on the international community to urgently come to the aid of Nigerians security-wise to prevent the growing humanitarian situation in the country from getting out of hand under Buhari, as “the present administration has lost the capacity and will to protect the people.”