Keyamo Says He Can Drive From Abuja To Kaduna Without Escorts
Keyamo denied that the Buhari administration has ever seen such low levels of insecurity.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Festus Keyamo, the minister of state for labor, has bragged that he can safely travel from Abuja, the capital of the country, to Kaduna State without having security escorts.
The main roadway connecting the two cities, the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, is renowned for kidnappings, homicides, robberies, and other security risks. Kaduna is one of the neighboring states near Abuja.
Keyamo pointed out that, unlike past administrations, the government has been able to respond to issues as he described President Muhammadu Buhari’s accomplishment in the field of security.
In an interview with Channels TV, the minister, who also serves as the spokesperson for the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential campaign, made this statement.
Keyamo was asked if he could go over the infamous 155-kilometer Abuja-Kaduna route considering the numerous security risks. He said,”Some people do, I can do it. I can do it.”
Furthermore, the Minister took use of the opportunity to refute the assertion that he was responsible for Buhari bringing the nation’s security concerns to an all-time low.
Keyamo said: “I saw headlines last week saying that I said insecurity has been brought to an all-time low by Buhari. I didn’t say so. It’s still the season of wrong headlines.
“I said what we met on the ground, Boko Haram in the north-east. I was specific and so they quoted me generally to say Boko Haram and insecurity throughout the whole country. I only said Boko Haram in the northeast, it has not been totally wiped out, but we have reduced this significantly.
“All the roads that lead to Chibok and Damboa in Borno, they are now passable. The issue of the farmer-herder crisis came to a height between 2017 and 2020. The World Terrorism Index said so. Not me. The body also said the attacks reduced so much in 2021. And further reduced again now in 2022. So, it’s a downward spiral in terms of the farmer-herder crisis.
“In terms of banditry and kidnapping, they are on the rise in the north-west and some parts of the middle belt. I have admitted that.”
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