Leave Security Matters To Securitymen, Presidency Tells Critics


The Presidency said on Friday that issues of security must be left to those trained on the matter to  handle it.

It, therefore, appealed to the political class to stop the blame game and also stop politicizing security challenges in the country.

The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matter, Prof. Rufai Alkali, said this against the backdrop of bomb attacks allegedly targeted on the former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) and Sheik Dahiru Bauchi in Kaduna three days ago.

Alkali, who spoke when he visited the secretariat of Goodluck Support Group located at Area 11, Garki in Abuja, said Nigerians must work collectively to tackle security challenges in the country.

While commiserating with the victims of the insurgency in the country, Alkali debunked the allegation in some quarters that the attack on Buhari could be from those opposed to the APC Chieftain.

“I want to express my sincere concern over what happened to our former Head of state, Gen.  Buhari. You all recall two or three days ago there was an attempted attack on his life and another senior citizen, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi both in Kaduna.

“It is by the grace of God that today the life of these two senior citizens was spared. We want to thank God for saving them and for saving this country from the trauma of what could have happened if the people behind it had achieved their objective,” he said.

“I want to also state that in season like this the usual thing is what has become the popular culture of blame game. I don’t think anybody in this country would be associated with thing in any way or form.

“Therefore, those who want to trivialize these issues, personalize them or attribute it to this government or the leadership of this government in any form, directly or indirectly, should desist from that.”

Apart from being committed to the security of the nation, Alkali added that the government was also committed to lasting peace in the country and that the President was deeply committed to bringing stability in to “our political environment.”

“We should not over dramatize these issues. All of us must come together, we have collective responsibility to protect and defend our country. This is not a time for politicizing issues. Security matters are not for politicians. 

“There are people who have been trained and who are responsible for security. We cannot do their job for them; they should be allowed to do their job.

“We should also desist from any attempt that will weaken the institutions of government, especially security agencies who are doing very well in containing the situation,” he added.

Alkali, who formally took over yesterday as the National Coordinator of Goodluck Support Group, further declared that President Goodluck Jonathan would build on the positive gains of the reform of the electoral process in 2015.