the The Coalition of Northern Groups has criticized Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni for saying that people in the northeast are currently sleeping with both eyes closed.
In a statement signed by the Senate President’s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, Ola Awoniyi, on Sunday, Buni hailed the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret’d) for his tireless efforts to restore peace and normalcy in the North East.
But in reaction, CNG spokesman Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said: “If Buni, a governor of one of the most vulnerable states in the North, said the North is sleeping with both eyes closed, then is unhappy. This definitively confirmed the long-standing concern that most governors, especially in northern states, live in isolation or are in deep and deliberate denial.
“It also proves that leaders like this are the ones preventing the president from fully appreciating the magnitude of the security and economic challenges facing the country. misplaced to say that before the arrival of this administration virtually the entire north was a battlefront and the nation was hostage to Boko Haram, today the atmosphere has improved considerably in the states of the Northeast with Boko Haram pinned to the enclaves.
“It is, however, a gross exaggeration and fallacy to say that all of northern Nigeria is so safe that people sleep with their eyes closed.”
Suleiman added that it was a serious problem when elected leaders placed more importance on the imperatives of their personal political expediency at the expense of the well-being of the people they led.
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