The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has taken a swipe at the advisory team of President Goodluck Jonathan and the state governors over what it called lack of proper handling of the insecurity problem in the country.
The Chairman of CNPP, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, who addressed journalists Wednesday in Abuja over the spate of violent crisis and political agitations in the country, said the organisation will intervene in the leadership crisis in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Speaking on the insecurity problem brought about by the Boko Haram insurgency, Musa said Nigerians expected more effective response from the Federal Government than what it can offer at the moment.
"CNPP is not happy with the way the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan is handling the security problem posed by members of the Boko Haram sect. We expect that by now government should have been able to know who these people are, whether they are an Islamic movement or an agent of violence. If it is an Islamic movement and why Christians are targets," he said.
He said whatever form or nomenclature the group may have taken, by now the Federal Government would have been able to identify them with the level of funds being pumped into security vote in the past few years. The government ought to have the capacity by now to be able to address the situation.
"The government ought to have taken effective measures to arrest the situation. But the President has failed in this direction. He was first to say that he knew that there is Boko Haram in his government. He was not forced to say so."
"How can you say there is Boko Haram in your government yet you cannot identify them and deal with them to the satisfaction of Nigerians?"
On the issue of using dialogue as a means of solving the security problem, Musa said the President is regarded as a more responsible statesman than members of the terrorist group and that the onus is on him to initiate dialogue and to go along with it however difficult it may prove.
He said it was not impossible for government to know the leaders of Boko Haram to dialogue with.
"I have made a number of suggestions in the past on this matter. First I had said let us assume that the sect has a legitimate claim of representing the interest of Muslims in the country. Then since as of today, Muslim and Christian leaders are talking among themselves and they are taking positions on the side of the people. And the leaders of Christians and Muslims meet and visit mosques and churches and they make pathetic statements.
"Why not the President relying on them to identify the solution to the Boko Haram insurgence. I am 76 years old and I have been active in politics all these years and I know that these religious leaders are capable of advising the President on how best to deal with the matter," he said.
The CNPP chairman said by working with the religious leaders on the issue of Boko Haram, the President would have killed two birds with one stone in that the much desired religious harmony would have been achieved as well.
"What is the point in relying on his advisers who are politicians and partisan? I am not saying he should not listen to his advisers but I think as far as this issue of Boko Haram is concerned, they have failed to advise him properly. This is evident in the manner in which the President has sacked his security advisers."
Musa said with the level of security management in the country, the President will find it difficult to deal with emerging security challenges such as the recent declaration of autonomy by the Ogoniland.