- Ex-army chief, Alani Akinrinade, has spoken out against the federal government handling of herdsmen crisis in Nigeria
-Akinrinade criticizes theINEC for allegedly registering underage voters
- He called for the creation of state police as a way out of the security challenges in the nation
A former Chief of Defence Staff, Alani Akinrinade, has criticised the federal government's way of handling the herdsmen crisis as well as other security issues affecting the nation.
Akinriande spoke on Monday during the first anniversary lecture of the administration of Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
The ex-army boss also lashed out at the Independent and National electoral Commission (INEC) for allegedly registering underage voters.
Premium times reports that Akinrinade, who spoke on several issues bordering the nation also called for the creation of state police as a way out of the perennial security challenges in the country.
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He said: “It was recently when our president was called out as the patron of his kinsmen, the herdsmen, that letters of complaints and its denials between the federal executive, the police and governors in distress started circulating that he gave feeble, unclear, halfhearted order to stop the carnage.
“Let us allow history to deliver its verdict after much more have died, but I am certainly tired and ashamed of being classified as a barbarian.
“The last two or so years in our country, appears to be like a tragic thriller movie in slow motion, full of abject cruelty of the highest order of barbarity, edged on by those we elected or selected to give us leadership in this country."
While addressing the issues of underage voters in the north, Akinriade called on security agencies to deal with the issue.
He said: “What then happened to our humongous financial outlay of seven infantry Army Divisions, a mighty Air Force and a Navy that supposedly rule our portion of the seas, hundreds of thousands of policemen and numerous other gun totting formations, when mere threat of violence is all that is required to hold sway over law and order?
“Or are these python dancing? Where are the men who refuse to do the wrong things? Could INEC not have withdrawn their services and closed down all facilities? Collaborators?”
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NAIJ.com previously reported that security chiefs said Nigeria's insecurity could have a negative effect on 2019 general elections.
The security chiefs were said to have disclosed this to participants at the just-concluded national security summit organised by the Senate in Abuja.
They were said to have cautioned that stringent and decisive measures should be taken to address the situation in the interest of the country.
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