Former Sokoto State Governor Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa has asked President Buhari to redirect the N400bn intended for COVID-19 vaccine procurement to counter the country’s deteriorating insecurity.
Insecurity affects the country more than the COVID19 pandemic, according to Bafarawa.
In a statement released on Wednesday, January 20, Bafarawa expressed this thinking. He said the federal government should show more concern about insecurity than the ‘barely 2,000 lives’ pandemic.
It seems like the government has abandoned the situation and channelled all its energies to a pandemic that barely claimed 2000 lives in the nation.
I can’t stay silent when I see that things are not going well. If I keep quiet, we’d be accused of encouraging what’s bad in other parts of the world. The truth is that we’re not pleased with the way things are going in the North.
I see Nigeria as one nation; it’s not a matter of whether the president is a northerner. Based on our interest, we don’t say this. On behalf of the people who don’t have the chance to say it, we are saying this. I think most Nigerians have the same feeling.
Around 14 people were killed in my village just two days ago, and security has not changed. Around 2,000 people died from Coronavirus last year, 3,000 to 400,000 people died from insecurity, come to think of how many lives were killed in a year.
We’re talking about 400 billion people now, and just about 2,000 have died. Why can’t we divert this security money? Insecurity is a Nigerian coronavirus, because in Nigeria we don’t have a lot of COVID-19.
The coronavirus took fewer lives than vulnerability. Insecurity has taken away property and lives. If we use that 400 billion to buy security equipment, it will do a lot to curb insecurity, look at the danger that insecurity brings,’ he said.
The former governor also asked COVID19’s Presidential Task Force (PTF) to answer for the N3.5bn expended by the task force so far.
He said what the government wants to do at the moment, before investing such a large sum on vaccine procurement, is to make the public aware of the viral disease. 60 percent of Nigerians don’t even believe the virus is real, according to him.