By Akilani Abdullah
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has knocked the northern elders for keeping silent on the resurgence insecurity in the region.
This as he also challenged them to raise their voices against the menace “just as they did during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan”.
The speaker made this known while speaking in Lafia, Nasarawa State at the campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday.
According to him, the elders’ silence on insecurity in the region could be taken as enabling the poor management of security in the country, especially in the north.
“Just like my last speech to Nigerians that were gathered in a rally like this in Gombe, I said that the 2019 general elections is not about President Muhammadu Buhari, it’s not about Atiku Abubakar, but I said it is about you who are gathered here and it will be a referendum on insecurity and hunger in this land,” he said.
“On the issue of insecurity, all of us know what is happening in Borno and, unfortunately too, between Abuja and Kaduna, as well as in Zamfara, Katsina, Nassarawa, Benue, Plateau and even Sokoto States.
“Now, I cannot even mention all because it is a general problem in the county, but I was highlighting the states where the problem is more endemic as of now.
“The issue is this, when this thing was going on under Jonathan, we had Borno elders always speaking. Where are the Borno elders now?” he asked.
“Where are the leaders of Northern Nigeria now that this problem has become endemic? What are they saying now? Are we not guilty of what we allow? Are we not responsible for the killings?” he added.
He said it was sad that Nigerians Have condoned evil for so long while they elevate certain political office holders higher than the welfare of the nation.