Cross River State Governor and presidential aspirant for the 2023 elections, Ben Ayade, has said that the insecurity situation in Nigeria is beyond what President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration alone can handle.
The governor, who spoke when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday, monitored by FirstNews, said international partnerships are needed to tackle the menace.
He said, “It is because people don’t understand the international dimension of this security challenge that they dismiss it as if it is a Nigerian or leadership issue,” the presidential hopeful said when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“It is a global issue with the focus on keeping Nigeria unstable and so you need some international strategic and security connection to actually address the issue. It is far beyond the President and the capacity of the President of Nigeria.”
According to Ayade, the fact that Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists have international links, shows their operations is beyond Nigeria.
He, meanwhile, applauded President Buhari in his government’s efforts in tackling the insecurity problem in the country, adding that the security situation could have been worse if not for Buhari.
He urged Nigerians not to judge Buhari on the fight against insecurity based on “isolated incidents”.
“President Muhammadu Buhari met a challenging situation, held it, and has been able to pull back the terrorist attacks and you judge him based on one occasional incident.
“If he was not there, it could have been worse than what he met. But he has made a lot of improvements,” the governor said.
He added that people are not noticing improvement on the security issue because humans by nature, usually celebrate one isolated incident.