Jonathan’s handling of security embarrassing, poor – Sylva
Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, on Thursday frowned at President Goodluck Jonathan’s handling of security situation in Nigeria.
Sylva lambasted President Jonathan, describing his approach to security issues as poor, embarrassing and partisan.
The former governor, who is also a leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mr. Duofie Buokoribo, condemned the bloody attack on the convoy of the APC National Leader and former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
Sylva described “the apparent assassination attempt on Buhari” as “a spineless assault on the voice of conscience in Nigeria by bigoted terrorists and their political sponsors seeking evil attention.”
Noting that Nigerians, by their traditions and religions, are naturally peaceful people, Sylva said persons promoting “this campaign of death and destruction” would surely be punished by God and men.
He insisted that Nigerians were frustrated with the way the Federal Government was handling the menace of insurgency.
He said: “The terrorists appear to have been left to ride roughshod on the country and its citizens by a federal government that chooses extreme partisanship over proactive measures to secure life and property.
“We are embarrassed by President Jonathan’s poor handling of the security problem and a situation where the government has allowed its sense of partisanship to overshadow the needed political, economic, and social will to tackle the insurgency.”
According to Sylva, in civilised societies, opposition leaders enjoy more protection from the government than even those in government.
“Murder is the worst form of censorship and this government has become increasingly notorious for attempting to permanently silence voices of opposition,” he lamented.
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