‘Tinubu has been caged’, Ndume fires fresh shot

Senate parliamentary group leader Mohammed Ali Ndume says President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been surrounded and caged by certain forces.

Ndume (Borno South), told reporters on Wednesday at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja, that the President was not doing anything appreciable to reduce the security challenge besetting the country.

The lawmaker said Nigerians were angry at the “failure” of the Tinubu-led government to address the challenges of poverty, insecurity, hunger and others that have brought the country to its knees.

The Senate leader said: “Mr. President is not aware of what is happening outside the Villa. He has been surrounded and caged. Many of us will not go through the back door to talk to him.

He has now been banned from speaking and has no public affairs officers except his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, who writes press releases. Nigerians are very angry.

“The government is not doing anything to address the food shortage and it needs to do something urgently. We have no food reserves. There is no availability of food. The food crisis is the worst crisis that any nation can face. If you add to that the security crisis, it will be serious.

“The president should wake up, it seems that he is not aware of what is happening because he has been caged. He has been surrounded by plutocrats. He should open his doors and meet with those who tell him the truth.

“Unfortunately, people who tell him the truth will have no problem meeting with him. I am very worried, not only for the president himself, but for myself.”

On the issue of the farmers-herders crisis, Ndume said stakeholders have not been sincere in addressing the menace, adding that contributions have always been driven by ethnic sentiments.

In an interview with BBC Hausa on Wednesday, Ndume had said that the federal government’s failure to address these issues is a major challenge, adding that Some ministers are unable to meet President Bola Tinubu to discuss the matter.

He had said: “The biggest problem of this government is that its doors are closed, to the point that even some ministers cannot see the President, not to mention members of the National Assembly, who do not have the opportunity to meet him and discuss matters affecting their constituencies.”

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