A ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Jonathan Vatsa, has asked the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to go round the country on a road tour to justify his claim that Nigeria is safe under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Vatsa, who was formerly Commissioner of Information and Culture in Niger State, said it was regrettable that thisd close to Buhari keep deceiving and not telling him the truth about Nigeria.
Speaking with journalists at a gathering in Minna Vatsa on the last Monday night Abuja-Kaduna train attack, where about eight oersondls died, several other injured and kidnapped by faceless bandits, he maintained that the security situation of Nigeria is getting worse every day.
He lamented that rather than painting the true picture before Mr President, he said his cabinet members and aides keep telling him that everything is okay.
He said Nigeria has never had it “this bad as the country is currently going through the worst security situation since independence.”
Condemning a statement credited to Lai Mohammed about Nigeria security situation, Vatsa also former Publicity Secretary of APC in Niger State: said “When you sit down in Abuja and be issuing statements just to protect your job, posterity will not forgive you.
“I challenge Mr. Minister to tour the country by road, particularly Niger and Kaduna States, let us see if the country is safer in the hand of Buhari or not. That is the only way we draw conclusions.
”I wonder why President Buhari has refused to declare these gunmen, terrorists when their activities are even worst than terrorism, especially now that they are beginning to use explosive devices, targeting national assets like the train and rail lines.
“Never in the history of Nigeria had blood flowed the way it is flowing now with innocent people being slaughtered and lives cut short every day without protection.
“Yet someone is there taking the people for granted with his unguarded comments that the country is safer in the midst of this bloodbath.”