A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, has berated former President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly causing a massive breakdown of the security architecture in Nigeria through the nepotistic appointment of service chiefs.
According to Chidoka, it will take the country many years to recover from the ruins experienced during Buhari’s eight years in power.
Chidoka, who is also a former Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps, spoke during a televised interview monitored by Abuja Politico on Wednesday.
“There is a massive breakdown of security in the country. It worsened in the eight years when former President Mohammadu Buhari was in power because of his lopsided and nepotistic appointment of service chiefs.
“He destroyed the security agencies, and I think it will take us many years to recover from the destruction.
“But beyond his era, if you go back in time, you will find that the major problem is that we have turned our security agencies into employment opportunities for the boys, our constituents, and friends.”
According to Chidoka, the top hierarchies in the police, army, and Department of State Services are populated by “unintelligent people managing our security agencies.”
“A look into the police budget will reveal that 90 percent is used for salary payment, while only about four or five percent is left for recruitment expenditure.
“This means that they have to find other ways of meeting their pressing needs. That has led to broken security, which is not peculiar to the Southeast geo-political zone alone,” he added.