The opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party has blasted the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd,), over his comment that only God could supervise Nigeria’s border with the Republic of Niger successfully.
The groups stressed that Buhari’s statement was an indication that he had failed in tackling the insecurity and other problems in the country.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday, he said only God could productively “supervise” Nigeria’s border with the Niger Republic.
The President while receiving former Vice President Namadi Sambo, who heads ECOWAS Election Mission to the Republic of Niger, made the comment concerning the insecurity and invasion of bandits into the country from Niger Republic and other neighbouring countries.
Meanwhile, Buhari on Tuesday explained why Nigeria’s border with Niger Republic was difficult to be supervised.
Adesina, in the statement titled, ‘President Buhari pledges support for polls in Republic of Niger, describes outgoing President as ‘very decent man,’ Buhari said, “I come from Daura, few kilometres to the Republic of Niger, so I should know a bit about that country.
“The President is quite decent, and we are regularly in touch. He is sticking to the maximum term prescribed by the constitution of his country.
“Also, we share more than 1,400 kilometres of border with that country, which can only be effectively supervised by God.
“I will speak with the President, and offer his country our support. We need to do all we can to help stabilise the Sahel region, which is also in our own interest.”
Buhari also applauded President Mahamadou Issoufou for not attempting to interfere with the constitution of his country, and extended his tenure in the office, after serving for the maximum two terms.
The statement also quoted Sambo as congratulating Buhari on the successful rescue of kidnapped schoolboys from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, and also his 78th birthday, last week.
He vowed that ECOWAS would ensure peaceful and fair elections in the Republic of Niger, despite the current political, legal and security issues.
In reaction to the President’s comment, the PDP said his declaration was an admission of failure.
The party through its National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in an interview in Abuja on Monday.
He stated that it was obvious that the President was deceiving Nigerians when “he claimed to have closed Nigeria’s land borders.”
Ologbondiyan said, “Mr. President has just confirmed what we knew all along that he had failed. How were our borders protected before he took power in 2015? It is shocking and appalling that the President, a retired general, who in his life time has been a military head of state and now a civilian president, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, will speak so loosely about a responsibility he was elected to discharge but has failed to. It has vindicated our position that no one is in charge of this regime.”