“We Didn’t Vote For Killings” – Tambuwal Tells President Buhari

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has
blamed the killings in the country on failure of

Tambuwal, in a statement he signed and
released yesterday said the deaths were
avoidable and preventable.

“The worst part of all this is that these deaths
are avoidable and the killings preventable. It
boils down, at the end of the day, to failure of
leadership. Nigeria cannot progress and be part
of a 21st Century forward looking world by
creating new batches of mourners every other

“This is not the way to go. That is not what
Nigerians voted for in 2015. That is not what
will build a virile, united, united, politically
stable and economically prosperous African
giant,” he said.

The former House of Representatives speaker
commiserated with families of those killed
across the country.

“I wish to commiserate with the families,
friends, colleagues and associates of all our
beloved fellow citizens, who lost their lives in
the persistent and senseless killings now
occurring in all parts of our dear country.

Indeed, the growing spate of mindless
shedding of innocent blood, especially of
policemen and other security personnel on their
lawful duty posts, has brought a new dimension
to the reprehensible state of insecurity in the

“Last May, three policemen were shot dead in
Sokoto State by kidnappers, who abducted a
Syrian national they were escorting. A few days
later, four police officers were ambushed and
killed in Benue State. Last week, seven
policemen were reportedly gunned down, in
cold blood, in Abuja, and their arms and
ammunition taken by unknown persons.
“This is happening amidst repeatedly reported
cases of attacks on police stations and other
security facilities in various parts of the

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“The question from every law abiding citizen
today is: “Who will protect us, when even those
constitutionally charged with the responsibility
of protecting our lives and property have,
themselves, become vulnerable targets of
criminals? Where shall we run to for protection,
when the institutions of state put in place to
protect us are being progressively dismantled by
opportunistic criminality and the trained
personnel are also on the run?

“It bears repeating for me to state here that
Nigeria’s security architecture and the
strategies currently adopted and deployed for
national security, if any, need a comprehensive
overhaul. It is not working. The needless waste
of life everywhere, both those of trained
security personnel and ordinary citizens, is a
drain on the nation’s resources and an
unacceptable diminution of our valuable human

“Every policeman or military personnel is
someone’s father, mother, brother, sister,uncle,
aunt or friend. The number and frequency of
deaths is undermining our humanity, making us
less sensitive to the gravity of the situation we
are in today and also creating a new
generation of Nigerians, who may get
accustomed to inhuman acts as the norm.”


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