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Gov Masari replies President Buhari says ‘It is the responsibility of the Federal government to ensure the protection of lives and property of citizens”

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has faulted President Buhari who during his interview with Arise TV, attributed the worsening security challenges in the country to the failure of states and local governments across the country to manage security issues in their respective domains.

According to President Buhari, the governors and local government chairman were also voted into office to provide these basic necessities to their electorates.

However, in a recent interview, Gov Masari while citing Constitutional provisions, said it was wrong for anybody to blame states and local governments.

“It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to ensure protection of lives and property of citizens in all nooks and cranny of the country.

When you look at the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the issue of security is under the Exclusive List. So, it is the responsibility of the Federal Government and states can only complement and that’s what we have always done and are still doing.

From the local governments, we assist the police, the DSS, the NSDC. There may be states that do not complement efforts of the security agencies and perhaps those are the states that the president was referring to.

But sincerely speaking, based on provisions of the Constitution, the blame should go to the Federal Government for the general state of insecurity in Nigeria” he said

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