A former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen Alani Akinrinade (rtd) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to read riot act against varying forms of criminality in the country.
Akinrinade speaking during a banquet organized by the Governor of Oyo state in honour of Nigeria’s Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai maintained that the Federal Government should imbibe steps to halt the activities of criminals.
He also called for the reorganization of the armed forces by recruiting able bodied men and women.
The retired General applauded the roles played by General Buratai and other service chiefs while urging them not to relent.
“The pervasive public perception (which does not necessarily represent the true position of Mr President) that the President is an ethnic bigot, an irredeemable religious fundamentalist that firmly subscribes and promotes the possibility of his ethnic Fulani to take over the country, which was the reason why he does not interfere in curbing the brigandage of the Fulani herdsmen is not true.
“However, he should read the riot act to the Fulani herdsmen,” he advised.
In his remarks, Gen Buratai thanked Gen Akinrinade (Rtd) for identifying the negative impacts of the social media in spreading falsehood in the country.
He also appreciated the retired General for identifying wrong perceptions being projected by the enemies of the country.
Buratai tasked Akinrinade on the need for statesmen of his caliber to take the pains of verifying information before making conclusions on them.
“I just left the North West where Exercise SAHEL SANITY is ongoing and many farmers have so far returned to their farms.
Our troops are providing security to farmers and the bandits are being dealt with decisively. From all indications we are expecting a bumper harvest this year,” he said.
General Buratai was in Osun State to commission a bailey bridge and a hospital constructed by the Nigerian Army Engineers in collaboration with the Army HQ Department of Civil – Military Affairs for Owu Kuta and Asamu communities located in the State