The senator representing Borno South senatorial district in the National Assembly, Mohammed Ali Ndume, yesterday said the Boko Haram crisis persisted not because of the failure of politicians to deliver dividends of democracy but because everyone was shying away from their responsibility to the nation.
Ndume said the crisis should be seen by Nigerians from the perspective of what should they contribute personally to solve it.
Speaking with journalists in Maiduguri, Ndume said it was wrong to trade blame on what had sustained the crisis this long, insisting that since security was the responsibility of all, the large scale insecurity as with Boko Haram is the irresponsibility of all.
He said Nigerians are always quick to throw blame for the system failure at politicians as if they were not the making of the society or system.
“We should all take responsibility and stop trading blame, we should desist from concluding that politicians have failed the nation.
“Are politicians from Mars, did they go to special school to learn politics? They are just like any other Nigerian, because I contested for an election and won does not making me better than you,” Ndume said.
He told journalists that “if you are saying the senate has failed the nation, who make up the senate? In the senate today, we have a former National President of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the person of Senator Smart Adeyemi, who it would be right to say you donated to us, does that mean journalists could be singled out as failures? The fact is that the senate is the make up of the Nigerian society as well as other arms of government.
“So we need not be so quick to see politicians as failures instead look at what we can do as individuals to preserve the country.”
Ndume said he was optimistic that this will be the last session of emergency rule in the three North-eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa as the military are presently working tirelessly to put an end to the Boko Haram menace.
“The problem before now was the misconception of the crisis as religious, ethnic and regional, but with the realisation of the federal government that it is a national calamity and non-religious, non-tribal and non-regional, the first step has been won as discovery is the key to solving a problem.
“I believe we are almost there, we are about to win the war, the whole world is interested in solving this problem, the only thing that is needed is sincerity and the will of government,” the senator said.
He added that the federal government has the capacity to bring peace back to the North-east, the world is unified against Boko Haram therefore, the federal government should tap into this to bring peace back to the North-east.”
Ndume said it was good news that the federal government had assured Nigerians that elections would hold next year in the three troubled states where emergency rule presently reigns.
He said: “We are still optimistic that election will hold. Elections have held in worse situation worldwide, even during wars why not here.”