Buhari Govt Shun Goodluck Johnathan This Time, Blames Murtala Mohammed For Insecurity
The Buhari administration has blamed the country’s growing insecurity on the late General Murtala Muhammed’s regime’s failure to continue with its policy of compulsory free education for people born after 1970.
Insecurity has deteriorated across the country since Mr Buhari took office in 2015, eliciting widespread apathy and confusion. Terrorists, bandits, killer pastoralists, separatists, and armed robbers have been murdering, maiming, and extorting the populace across the region.
On Tuesday, Senator Smart Adeyemi of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said the country’s national security architecture had collapsed and urged the president to seek urgent assistance from other countries to avoid a civil war.
Murtala Mohammed, the military dictator of Nigeria from July 1975 until his assassination on February 13, 1976, overthrew Yakubu Gowon’s dictatorship.
On Monday, information minister Lai Mohammed appeared on a Channels TV program and said that the country’s current problems can be traced back to the previous military junta’s failures.
“The truth is that we were told by the lead discussant in 1973, and the government of the day had a retreat and said there must be a national commitment as to what we must do to ensure that we do not go through another civil war,” the minister said.
“At the time, the government decided that the only way to avoid another civil war is to ensure that anyone born after January 1970 receives free and compulsory primary education.”
Mr Mohammed went on to say that the incumbent government is struggling as a result of the citizens’ failure to receive free compulsory education.
Mr Buhari’s administration, he said, is dealing with issues related to the country’s 13.2 million out-of-school children, who could be easily recruited for terrorism and banditry.
“Unfortunately, the administration was deposed two years later, and all of the lofty ideas and preparations necessary to ensure that every child of school age received free and compulsory education were abandoned.
“And we are paying the price today because if there are 13.2 million school-aged children out of school, that is the market where Boko Haram, bandits, IPOB, and other insurgents recruit people.”
Mr. Mohammed’s admission of 13.2 million out-of-school children refutes arguments that the Buhari-led government has been successful in returning many of the children to school.
Previously, the minister had blamed insecurity on the country’s former governing party, the Peoples Democratic Party, which governed for 16 years, absolving Buhari’s All Progressive Party Congress of liability.
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