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Arewa Youths blame Buhari’s govt for Kaduna train bombing



Arewa youths tackle APC, say its govt does not wish Nigerians well

The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), has uncharacteristically put the blame for the bombing of the Abuja-Kaduna train by terrorists om Monday on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, saying the Federal Government was not being proactive enough to prevent it even after there were security report hours before the attack.

The AYCF President, Yerima Shettima, at a press conference in Kaduna on Saturday, said the Federal Government should be held responsible for the bandits’ attack on the Kaduna-bound train and other attacks that have been perpetrated by terrorists in northern Nigeria.

Shettima said there were rumours of an imminent attack on the train 48 hours before the bandits struck and wondered why the security agencies did not move in immediately to stop the attack.

The Arewa Youths President Shettima noted that the failure of security agencies to act was an indication of compromise on their part, insisting that they failed to act on the intelligence provided to them.

“The Nigerian government should be held responsible because the security and welfare of Nigerians are its responsibility. However, on this matter, it relates more to the Federal Government.

“The rail issue is purely a Federal Government’s affairs; it’s expected that before the Federal Government would have allowed the train to start operations, the security of every passenger should have been put into consideration.

“That wasn’t the first or second attempt; there have been other attacks before and this last one that got blown. The government should have known that it needs more preemptive measures to be put in place and expect the unexpected.

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“Before the incident, ordinary people, not security agents, were privy to information that there were likely to be an attack.

“There was rumour all-around 48 hours to that attack. So, how can the government tell us that they are not aware of this attack? It means the security agencies have been compromised.

“So, we can’t look at the security agencies alone without linking it to the Federal Government because they must take responsibility for this carelessness.

“This attack must not be allowed to happen again because this alone is a national disaster.

“No country would accept this; so the Federal Government should take responsibility as they didn’t manage the situation well.

“Those responsible for this attack should be brought to book and dealt with decisively,” he said.

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