Prominent leaders from various socio-cultural, religious, ethnic, political and other groups have raised the alarm over worsening insecurity, warning that if prompt action is not taken urgently, the situation might snowball into full anarchy that might consume the entire country.
The warning came yesterday, during the inclusive security dialogue retreat in Abuja, meant to re-awaken the consciousness of the Federal Government and all stakeholders on the need to take actions to end the unending insecurity situation.
Present at the meeting was the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo; Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III; Elder statesman, Edwin Clark; Muslim cleric, Sheikh Gumi; representatives from the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), Middle-Belt Forum; CAN and several other groups.
In his remarks, Obasanjo said: “One thing we have in common is Nigeria. My Nigerianess is bigger and very important. Security in Nigeria is local, and it must be addressed locally. Military action alone won’t end the insurgency. I expect that legislation should be able to tackle the problem before the next election.”.
On his part, the Sultan of Sokoto, in his remarks, said: “We believe that we have a problem and the solution is close. Let’s be very honest and sincere as we discussed. Peace is very important; because without peace, there is a limit to what we can do, including religious activities. We must stop shifting blame on this insecurity or something else: Parties should stop accusing one another. We must stop politicising insecurity in Nigeria.
“Undoubtedly, there is hunger in the land, and a hungry man is an angry man. Let’s use religion to serve humanity and better the society”, he further stated.
Niger-Delta leader, Chief Edwin Clerk, accused the elite of promoting insecurity and suggested continuous and sincere dialogue in order to give all parts of the country a sense of belonging.
He accused current leaders of deviating from the dreams of the founding fathers, which, according to him, unarguably gave birth to agitations and other forms of injustice. He advised political leaders to always insist on promoting equity, fairness and justice, with an open mind.
Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, of the Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), said poor leadership is the bane of Nigeria’s security, adding that Boko Haram has grown ten times than it was hitherto, and in the cause of interrogation, they confirmed that most of the weapons they are using came from the military.
CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle Olasupo, who was represented by Bishop John Praise said Nigeria would continue to experience insecurity until equity and justice are served to all persons.
He was concerned that bandits and other criminals were having a field day unleashing terror on the people without sincere intervention from the government and its forces.