Presidential candidate for the Congress for Progressive Change in the 2011 Presidential election, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has blamed the security woes in Nigeria on Niger Deltan militancy.
“What is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants,” Buhari told Liberty FM Hausa Service Programme, Guest of the Week, on Sunday in Kaduna.
“Every Nigerian that is familiar with happenings knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all. What happened is that the governors of the Niger Delta at that time wanted to win their elections, so they recruited youths and gave guns and bullets to them to use against their opponents to win elections by force.
“After the elections, they asked the boys to return the guns, and the boys refused to do so. Because of that the allowance that was being given to them by the governors was stopped,” added Buhari.
The retired major-general who frowned on the emergency rule in parts of the North also accused the Jonathan administration of the double standards of killing Boko Haram members while giving “special treatment” to the Niger Delta militants. He alleged that innocent civilians were being killed in the states.