By Wilfred Jibril
A legal practitioner, Barrister Ayoku Hamza, has dismissed with a wave of the hand the allegation in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari is sponsoring the murderous Fulani herdsmen to wipe out the Christians in the northern part of Nigeria. According to him, it was unthinkable for the president to sponsor the activities of murderers to give his government a bad name.
Speaking exclusively with EDO VOICE in his office, Barrister Hamza alleged that the killings were being sponsored by some individuals who were not comfortable with his administrative style just to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it.
He expressed worry about the ongoing killings by the Fulani herders and urged the Federal Government to do everything humanly possible to get to the root of the killings, stressing that this was imperative to fish out the perpetrators of the killings and their sponsors.
“The situation is so cloudy that nobody can fathom exactly what is happening. That is why the government must take a definite and proactive step to get to the root of the killings”, he said.
The legal practitioner, however, blamed the government for not doing enough to address the security challenges across the country, adding that the government decided to engage in a blame game because the nation’s hydra-headed woes were defying solutions.
On the poor state of the economy, Barrister Hamza opined that if the government was allowed to continue with its programmes, the Buhari administration has the capacity to turn the economy around, pointing out that no sacrifice was too much to be made for the nation to be great again.
“If there is no pain, there is no gain. We should be ready to go through the pains associated with nation building and in due course, we will reap the gains”, he noted, adding: “We need to change our attitude in finding a lasting solution to our economic crisis. For instance, some of our youths are in the cities without any visible means of livelihood. Why can’t they go to the rural areas and engage in food production, instead of looking for free money in the cities?” He, nonetheless, blamed the government for not providing the enabling environment for the employed youths to engage in productive activities.
He endorsed the second term bid of President Buhari, stressing that he needed more time to sanitise the system and put the country on a sound economic footing.
In his words: “For the first time in the history of Nigeria, we have a president who has made us realise that our money was being stolen with impunity, even by clerks, and he has been busy recovering the loots. We should encourage him to continue in office so that at the end of his second term, he would have put in place enduring structures for his successor to build on.”
Barrister Hamza alleged that the nation’s former leaders, except General Yakubu Gowon and former President Shehu Shagari, were opposed to Buhari’s re-election bid because of their ill-gotten wealth, adding that they are not comfortable with the government.
He called on Nigerians to put the kibosh on ethno-religious crises in some parts of the country, stressing that efforts must be made to manage our ethnic and religious differences effectively to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and property of innocent citizens.
On the fallen standard of education in the country, the legal practitioner noted that the way out is re-orientation. According to him, parents and guardians should inculcate in their children and wards the need to read widely, adding: “If you don’t read, you are dead while living. We must make our children know the value of education so that it will be attractive to them.”