The Vice Presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, Yemi Osinbajo, has outlined how his principal, Muhammdu Buhari, will fight the ongoing insurgency in some parts of northern Nigeria.
Muhammadu Buhari is the major challenger to president Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the February 14 election.
Mr. Buhari picked Mr. Osinbajo, a Professor of Law and former Attorney General of Lagos State, as his running mate after emerging candidate of APC.
In an exclusive interview with Channels TV on Sunday, Mr. Osinbajo said if the APC wins the election, Mr. Buhari will personally lead the fight against the insurgency.
“Fighting insurgency requires the Commander in Chief to lead from the front by providing leadership,” he said.
Thousands of Nigerians have been killed by the insurgents who have also taken over some local governments in three north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in an insurgency seen by many as one of the inadequacies of Mr. Jonathan and his party, the PDP.
Mr. Osinbajo said unlike Mr. Jonathan and the PDP, Mr. Buhari and the APC will not politicize the security challenge.
“Instead of politicizing the issue, APC will galvanise all support and ensure that the threat to the territorial integrity of the country is put on check, and General Buhari will ensure that the entire nation is mobilized irrespective of party affiliation to solve the problem,” he said.
The don said the current administration is failing on the issue because instead of mobilizing all, it chose to blame the opposition.
“We will not be looking for the faults of the PDP or accuse them of sponsoring it as is presently the case, everyone knows that the opposition today is not responsible for the insurgency,” he said.
The Law Professor also said an APC government will equip the military well and provide all the necessary welfare needed to prosecute its operation.
“We have some of the best soldiers one can find anywhere,” he said; arguing that the Nigerian Military has the capability to “wipe out Boko Haram in days, all you need is to equip them well”.
Mr. Osinbajo added that APC would adequately fight poverty especially in the north-east as according to him, Boko Haram is using the prevalent high level of poverty as a steady pool to recruit members.