Former Chairman of the breakaway faction of the nPeople’s Democratic Part, nPDP in Nigeria, Abubakar Kawu Baraje has asserted that the rising cases of insecurity in the country due to the influx of Fulani militias brought into the country from neighboring countries like Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Niger and Chad for was for election purposes in 2015.
Baraje was a member of the opposition party, People’s Democratic Part, PDP and later became the National chairman of the breakaway faction of the PDP, the nPDP, which formed part of today’s ruling party, All progressives Congress, APC. He has however, since returned to the PDP.
“The Fulanis causing security problems in the country were militias brought in to the country to help facilitate victory in the 2015 election. After the election, they refused to leave. I and other like minds wrote and warned those we started APC with that this (the high incidence of insecurity) was going to happen but nobody listened,” he explained.
Baraje revealed this much as part of activities marking his 70th birthday anniversary.
According to him, the Fulani militias causing havoc in the country are not aboriginal to Nigeria.
“We are not asking the right question – how the same Fulani that we’re supposedly peaceful, suddenly turned out a menace. We also must ask how they have access to guns.”
“The security agencies have not been open about the nature of the problem. They have made arrests. Why haven’t they told the public who the terrorists are,” asked Baraje.
He also applauded the initiatives of the South West Governors, stating that the responses of Sunday Igboho to the herdsman menace were necessary because the Federal Government failed in its principal responsibility to secure life and property.
On the recent moves by some ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors to woo former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Baraje said that the ruling party was only wasting its time