September 30, 2022

Senator Ali Ndume has lambasted the President Muhammadu Buhari administration over its handling of insecurity in the country, accusing it of complacency.

The lawmaker insisted that there is a lot of kleptocracy in the current administration and that except the government did something about it, things will not change.

The Borno South lawmaker made the comment during an interview on Channels Television’s current affairs programme, Politics Today, on Wednesday.

He was speaking in reaction to a remark by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi that the attack on the Kaduna-Abuja rail line could have been avoided if digital security equipment had been procured.

The minister said his colleagues declined approval for the purchase.

Ndume faulted the failure to approve the purchase.

“If you look at it deeply, there is a lot of complacency in it. You have the MTN services. These people are using phones so you can track them. With today’s technology, people are taken away and you say you don’t know where they are. No, I mean let’s be serious,” the lawmaker noted.

“Coming back to what the minister (Amaechi) said, I got angry too. I mean how can you put all these people — every day, an average of 1,000 are moving around — and then the ministry will ask for money to buy gadgets and drones. These are mostly off-the-shelf items.

“You can order them or import them, install them immediately in two to three days. But you know what will happen in Nigeria next? They will go on TV and say we have purchased so and so and the bandits will watch it and they know where it is going to be installed.

“This system is terrible. People will frustrate this kind of process and you can see the minister was angry. That means there was a lot of frustration in the process of procurement.”

Ndume maintained “that there is a bunch and a lot of kleptocracy in this system and the government needs to do something about it”.

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