A former Senator representing Kaduna Central district, Shehi Sani, said the governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, is a factor to the security challenges the state is facing.
Mr Sani, who spoke to Arise Television on Sunday, said Mr El-Rufai’s memo to President Muhammadu Buhari about insecurity in the state was an effort to exempt himself from the blame.
Mr Sani, who said the letter was the governor’s admission of failure, said there is nothing new in the letter that was not already known several years ago, even when the governor was denying that the problem existed.
He also lamented the poor response and support by some of the governors in the North-west region for not providing adequate support using the available resource in their domain to support the security agencies in addressing the security situation in their respective states.
The former lawmaker said, unlike other states where governors support the security agencies with logistics, in Kaduna, the gesture has not been noticed.
“The Kaduna government has not done well in tackling the insecurity and no (adequate) support for the security agencies operating in the state and some of his (the governor) utterances have made the terrorists move into Kaduna.
“The governor is not proactive to security in terms of support, the security situation could not have been to this level if the governor and his colleagues in the affected states use the available resources of their state to help the security agencies, Mr Sani said.
“There is a limit to what he (the governor) can say about the security situation, as a governor, he doesn’t have control of the Army, and the Police but he has the political leverage of access to them and supporting them,” he added.
He said only two local government areas are safe in Kaduna – Kaduna North and Kaduna South, even there, Mr Sani said the outskirts of the town are not safe.
“The government has failed over the years, and the success against the war on terror is very minimal. There was no successful operation to rescue the mass numbers of people in captivity, parents and relatives are left to pay the ransom to secure the release of their loved ones,” he added.
The former lawmaker said this is happening despite Kaduna being the state with the largest location of military and defence apparatus in the country.