Colonel Abubakar Umar (rtd), a former Military Administrator of Kaduna State, says the disposition and actions of the current government under President Muhammadu Buhari has fuelled the perennial agitaion for balkanization of the country.
Umar flayed the federal government over its bothersome fixation on secession movement while bandits and terrorists continue to wreak havoc in some part of the country unrestrained..
In a statement on Wednesday titled: ‘Nigeria; A Nation Challenged, ‘ Umar disclosed that 20% of villages in the arid north are now empty enclave as hapless dwellers flee the banditry-infested and attack prone rural area for the relatively secured towns and city centres.
Umar averred that insisted that the current administration under Buhari has failed to unite Nigeria.
He asserted adding that the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is of no serious consequence if rampaging bandits still unleash terror in the north.
Umar said: “It’s quite strange and disturbing the Federal Government is according undue attention to the threats of separatist movements in contrast to the more daunting ones posed by bandits, kidnappers and insurgents in the North West, some parts of North Central and North East.
“Activities of those criminals have resulted in the evacuation of over 20 per cent of the villages in North West and North East. Hundreds are being murdered and maimed every week. Many more are kidnapped for ransom.
“Millions have been rendered internally displaced, facing disease and starvation. Over one thousand school children were abducted in the past eight months, with over 300 still in the hands of the bandits and kidnappers demanding humongous ransom payments.
“Rape of women and young girls has become a daily occurrence. Most economic activities, particularly farming, which is the mainstay of the people in these areas, are now all but impossible.
“Government’s earlier claim of having technically defeated the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East has turned out to be empty propaganda. Contrary to this claim, the enemy has morphed into a more determined and deadly force, threatening to overrun the whole of the North East.
“For the average Northerner living in these zones, who is barely aware of the activities of separatists, banditry, kidnappings and insurgency are of greater threat and concern to him. The arrest of Nnamdi Kanu is of no serious consequence since it does nothing to ameliorate his harsh and brutal condition.”
Umar’s comment is coming at a time the federal government clamped down on leaders of some agitators in Nigeria.