Valentine Ayika, a former member of the House of Representatives from Anambra State has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement threatening South East people was very laughable and insensitive. Recall that the president while reacting to the agitation in the region threatened that the region will soon have what they are calling for. The offending and genocidal comments were made by Buhari on Twitter.
The comment has since generated reactions across the country.
According to the former lawmaker, Valentine Ayika; “First of all, the statement for me is laughable, it doesn’t smack of what is expected of a president of a country.
“What did he mean by criminals have been given enough time? Actions speak louder than voice. The law is there. If people break the law, they should be brought to book. So, do you need to tell somebody that, I have given you enough time?
“It is not all about talking and talking, we have had so much talk but no action,” Valentine Ayika stated.
Speaking on the effect of deploying the military to the region, he said; “When the police that is responsible for internal security is overwhelmed, you can deploy the military to assist you. Of course, when you are deploying the military to assist them, you must be sure that the military you are deploying is properly instructed on what to do, and how to properly deal with civilians.
A military man is trained to shoot and to kill. So you have to be sure that they are in the proper frame of mind to deal with the civilians. I have seen cases where you will have to park your vehicle and hands up to walk across the checkpoints. What have they done wrong? You can’t be a prisoner in your own country,” Valentine Ayika stated.