While President Jonathan during his condolence visit to Afenifere leader and elder statesman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, over the killing of his daughter by herdsmen along Ore-Benin expressway last Friday, said insecurity was getting worse under President Buhari’s watch, Anyaoku at a book launch in Abuja, pleaded with the President and the National Assembly to nip the situation in the bud to prevent Nigeria from collapse.
Their declarations came less than 24 hours after ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo raised the alarm in an open letter to President Buhari on the same issue.
Insecurity getting worse Jonathan
Jonathan said: The issue of security must be approached from a different dimension. We cannot continue the old way because it is getting out of hand. We hope the federal and state governments will do something about it.
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“Every generation faces problems and this generation must find ways to solve these problems. Every government faces problems. The first commercial kidnapping, because it involved money, happened in 2006 when I was the governor of Bayelsa State. From that time, it moved to terrorism in the north. Now, it is a major problem in the country.
“The Federal Government, in conjunction with state governments, must design a different approach to this issue. I was there as President and security challenge was there but now, it is getting worse everyday and we can’t continue to use the same old method.”
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The former president advised the government to create a special security unit to fight banditry and kidnapping.
“I believe the Federal Government should set up a special unit like we set up EFCC and ICPC to handle corruption cases, so that they will know that their responsibility is to manage this kidnapping, killings and the rest. We can’t continue like this; it is not possible.
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“We can’t even talk about managing the economy of this country when people are not safe. The economy is for the people, people must be alive to enjoy infrastructure. If you do all the roads in the country and people cannot move about, the roads become meaningless,’’ Jonathan said.
On Obasanjo’s call for confab
On the call by Obasanjo for a national conference, Jonathan said: “A lot of things were discussed during the national conference organized during my time as President. The issue of security, state and community policing were discussed. I always believe that government should look at that report, it was not written by me.
“We should not play politics with serious national issues. If we look at that report, there are recommendations that border on security and if there is area that needs to be expanded because I believe everyday new ideas come up, it should be updated.
“There is nothing wrong holding a specific meeting to look at the issue of security. I believe the federal and state governments should have a new approach by deploying technology to protect our people.”
Dont’t let Nigeria drift to anarchy— Anyaoku
On his part, former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, urged President Buhari and the National Assembly to take urgent steps to arrest the present security situation to prevent Nigeria from drifting into anarchy.
Anyaoku, who spoke at the launch of a book, titled Dadi, the Man, the Legend, written by Dillibe Onyeama, in honour of a former judicial icon, Justice Dadi Onyeama, in Abuja, pointed out that the emerging scenarios in the land were ominous signs that needed to be checked without further delay.
He said: “Let me now come to my message to President Buhari and all members of our National Assembly. The message is two-faced: Nigeria is on the brink; and our foremost national challenge is the management of our country’s diversity.
“Every diverse federal country throughout the world achieves political stability and socio-economic development through successfully managing its national diversity. There are two common keys to this. The first is having an inclusive central government which gives the peoples of the component parts of the federation a sense of belonging that in turn underpins the sense of unity and patriotism in all the citizens.
“The second is having adequate delegation of powers to the federating units to enable them handle their internal security and significant aspects of their socio-economic development.
“However, today, Nigeria is on the brink. For no objective observer, including those in the government, can deny that the current state of affairs in our country is extremely worrisome.
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