PMB Should Address Nigerians On Insurgency – BBOG

Expressing concerns over the resurgence of suicide bombings in the North-East, the #BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation on the Boko Haram insurgency.

Speaking during the group’s sit-out, Aisha Yesufu, noted that Nigerians, especially those affected by the bombings, would want to know government’s efforts towards ending the nightmare that had been terrorizing the nation over the years.

According to her, the president’s’ silence on the issue was unacceptable, adding that addressing the nation would not only soothe the pain of the victims of the insurgency and Nigerians, but would give them hope of a better tomorrow.

“Times for excuses are over. Several people have lost their lives. President Buhari was also attacked in Kaduna last year where he almost lost his life; so he knows what it is. We are all scared! We want the president to address us on the issue. We are humans, and not chickens. Where is the change we voted for? We are tired of the killings, we are tired of dying. People go to churches and mosques to worship and are killed for no just cause. We can no longer pray and worship the way we want, because we are scared. The president should come forward to address the citizens.

“Death, we know is inevitable. When we lost someone and people come to sympathise with us, it doesn’t mean that the dead will come back to life, but it gives us some comfort. That empathy is what we need from our president,” she said.

Also speaking, another member, Abubakar Yusuf, said even though Nigerians were not expecting a total turnaround of events, they would appreciate a nationwide broadcast by the president on the state of the nation.

“The silence is worrisome. We don’t expect a turnaround of the event in just over 30 days, but we expect a caring approach to the challenges facing the nation. The people have the right to know what is going,” he said.

On the contrary, another member, Deji Kolawole believes the president has done a lot on the issue of insurgency, urging Nigerians to be patient with him and expect the best for the future.

“We have done something different and we are expecting different results. The president has done a lot on the issue of insecurity. We are not getting results yet, but I am sure we will at the end of the day. The vice president has been visiting IDPs, showing them love and care,” he said.

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