Emergency rule: They are killing civilians in the North – Buhari

By The Rainbow


Former Head of State and Leader of Congress for Progressive Change, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), condemned  the emergency rule in parts of the North.

Buhari grouse with the measure is that innocent civilians are being killed in the states.

Speaking during a Liberty FM Hausa Service Programme, Guest of the Week, on Sunday in Kaduna , Buhari said  that  Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished unlike the 'special treatment' given to the Niger Delta militants by the Federal Government

He blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for his inability to tackle the security problems in the country.

He traced the current security problem to the activities of  in the Niger Delta militants.

He said, 'What is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants.

'Every Nigerian that is familiar with happenings knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all. What happened is that the governors of the Niger Delta at that time wanted to win their elections, so they recruited youths and gave guns and bullets to them to use against their opponents to win elections by force.

'After the elections, they asked the boys to return the guns, and the boys refused to do so. Because of that the allowance that was being given to them by the governors was stopped.'

Buhari had earlier said that 2011 contest was his last pre said his joining the proposed All Progressives Congress was not all about securing the party presidential ticket for the 2015 elections.

According to him, the formation of the APC and his joining the group is to help effect the needed change in the polity and not just about his presidential ambition.

He declared, 'If APC fails to give me the ticket, I will remain in partisan politics and in the party. Anyone the party picks as its candidate, I will support him because I will remain in the APC.'

Besides, Buhari noted that the problem of the country was that of bad leadership, which the APC was out to change.