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Insecurity started during our time in government – Former PDP Governor

Former  PDP Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda has said the security challenges the Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration is currently facing, started when they were in government.

The two term governor from 2007-2015 and minister of Aviation from May 2003 – June 2005, said Boko Haram started in Bauchi.

“Everybody knows that insecurity in the country did not start with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. We were in government when this insecurity started, he said after a visit to the Presidential Villa.

” Most of you are aware Biko Haram started in Bauchi and by the grace of Allah, Bauchi was able to address it. Of course it has continued and Mr. President has been able to substantially defeat the insurgency in the north east.”

The 2009 Boko Haram uprising, a conflict between Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group, and Nigerian security forces began on 26 July when Boko Haram launched an attack on a police station in Bauchi State.

“Nigeria is such a huge country and with population growing from 60 million in the 60s to over 200 million today, so most of these challenges you are seeing today is more about competition for land, especially as regards the so-called herdsmen. We know there are quite a number of them that are criminals but criminalizing the entire herdsmen I think is unfair because they have been peaceful people.

“Of course, there has been competition for land, if 60 million were occupying the land in the 60s and today you have  over 200 million, all those cattle routes that were established by the British colonialists have all been closed down because of human habitations, and of course even the grazing reserves have been taken over by farmlands as population is growing. 

“So, some of these criminals would have taken advantage of what has been happening and unleashing mayhem on our people but that is not acceptable. I believe Mr. President is also addressing that to the best of his ability.

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