The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has corrected the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over his Thursday's comments on the insecurity in the country where urged Nigerians to show more understanding, saying he – the president – need to "understand the plight of the ordinary Nigerian who feels unprotected."
The ACF further urged the president to stop giving excuses, noting that the President was ignorant of plight of Nigerians who were at the mercy of kidnappers and bandits.
WUZUPNIGERIA reports that Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, 'President Buhari pledges action against bandits' threat to national food security,' said importing weapons and training troops in their usage involved a long process.
The President, in the statement by Shehu was quoted as saying that "I expect Nigerians to be more understanding on the issues involved, looking at time and available resources.
"For example, when we came in, in the North-East, ask people in Adamawa and Borno states and the South-South in terms of security.
"Without security, you can't do anything. Our big surprise and disappointment is what is happening in the North-West and we are dealing with it."
The President also appealed to the nation's elite to show a better appreciation of the problems facing the country.
"The elite should make the attempt to understand the military. If we order weapons and armoured vehicles, it takes time for the manufacturer (to deliver them).
"It takes time to ship them and when brought here eventually, they are taken to training institutions, train the trainers before sending them to the field. This is a very long process."
Buhari promised that his regime would use all available resources and manpower in dealing with bandits so that they would no more hinder access to farms.
He said the menace of bandits and kidnappers would be addressed to ensure that the nation's food security is not threatened.
But the ACF in its reaction to Buhari's appeal said what Nigerians expected from the President was for him to secure the country.
According to the National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Emmanuel Yawe, Nigerians demonstrated a lot of understanding by re-electing the President in 2019.
The ACF spokesman, who spoke with one of our correspondents in Kaduna on Thursday, said, "Nigerians demonstrated a lot of understanding when they elected the President into office in 2015 and more understanding when they re-elected him in 2019.
"What we expect from the President is for him to understand the plight of the ordinary Nigerian who feels unprotected.
"He should understand that the ordinary Nigerian and maybe his community can be mowed down as it were, kidnapped en mass and heavy ransom placed on them.
"We expect the President to understand that things are bad in terms of security in Nigeria and ordinary farmers are expected to pay bandits before they are granted access to their farms. Nigerians have never really had it this bad."