By Christiana Ekpa
The member representing Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency of Kogi State in the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Yusuf, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescued Nigerians from insecurity, even as he stressed that, the country has failed in area of security
Addressing newsmen at the National Assembly, Abuja on Wednesday, the lawmaker said the president has failed to show leadership.
He said the present government has done a lot of damage to the security architecture of the country, adding that the security architecture of the country needs to be rejigged as it has been seriously compromised.
The lawmaker said under President Buhari, insecurity has become a national problem.
He accused the president of being incapable of accommodating contrary opinions, which has is to a great extent responsible fr the problems in the country.
“So I chose to come to say our country is near Armageddon. We are near the precipice. When you want to cut down a tree, you bring an axe. When the tree finally comes down, it is not the last hit that brought it down, it is the cumulative of all the hits. We do not know the last hit that would bring Nigeria down. We are in a situation that is avoidable but because we have a president who has a mindset of what he wants and deliberately encouraged what we are seeing today,” he said.
The lawmaker also took a swipe at his colleagues in the House of Representatives who play to the gallery on important issues because of party affiliation or even sycophancy.
“In the Jonathan era, I was PDP and I am still PDP today, those of you who were here then will attest to the fact that despite the fact the fact that we are of the same party, I was on the floor everyday to speak my mind on areas I felt then government has not well. We must come to terms with reality, that is why the NASS cannot do what it ought to do.
“The idea of excessive affiliation and loyalty to party forgetting that when you take oath of office, you do not take oath of office to defend PDP or APC. The oath of office is about the Nigerian nation. So until we come to terms with those realities that parties are vehicles but the constitution of the country should guide the action on the floor.
“So when you have that kind of scenario we have today, you begin to find not just in the NASS but in the national generally, sycophancy, boot-licking to be seen as being in the good books so as to curry privileges and silence men.
“Our colleagues unfortunately who you meet privately, they have very progressive positions but on the floor they are timid and unable to express those so-called progressive positions,” he said.
He also berated the National Assembly for confirming the immediate past Service Chiefs as ambassadors.
“The Service Chiefs that were relieved few months ago. Both chambers of NASS passed several resolutions condemning them, indicting and declaring them incompetent for that assignment. After they were removed their names were sent back to us as ambassadors and we confirmed them. That is enough for people not to take us serious,” he said.