By Oscarline Onwuemenyi
ABUJA—Former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has said the spate of bomb blasts perpetrated by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, especially the killing of over 170 people in multiple bomb blasts in Kano last week, show that government was not in charge of the situation.
Addressing journalists shortly after presenting his paper at a political party primaries reform conference, organised by Alliance for Credible Election, ACE, in Abuja, El-Rufai called on the Federal Government to review its strategy of curtailing the menace of Boko Haram as the present one adopted was not achieving its purpose.
According to him, the Federal Government should review the method of addressing the menace of Boko Haram currently facing the country, insisting that President Goodluck Jonathan must fish out the members he said were in his government.
He said: “The issue of security is a big one. The government strategy is not working. Our level of insecurity has escalated; the government institution should review the whole strategy because is not working.
“The way people are dying needlessly shows clearly that government is not in charge of the situation. Whatever their strategy is, they need to rethink it and come up with something new to address this problem.”
“We know it is God that is watching over us not the security, so clearly they have failed. Whatever plan they have should be changed. It it is not working.”
The former Minister advised government against dialoguing with the people they don’t know, pointing out that the mistake of killing the leader of the group in 2009, was the foundation of the entire problem.
“I don’t think the issue is dialogue. You cannot dialogue with people you don’t know. The principal issue is that nobody knows who Boko Haram is. I don’t think government and intelligence agencies know because the mistake in 2009 by wiping out the leadership of the Boko Haram is the foundation of these entire problems. Injustice, extra-judicial killings lead to bigger problems.”