- The rising cases of insecurity in the country has reached its peak
- Daily, Nigerians are inundated with stories of how criminal gangs roam about unchallenged and cause havoc across the country
- A former minister in the Buhari-led administration says the government has failed to protect Nigerians
Former minister of youth and sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has said that the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led federal government has failed on its promises to address the remnant insecurity challenges in the country, particularly in northern Nigeria
Solomon Dalung who served as a minister during the first tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari said one of the major promises of the party was to address the problem of insecurity which he said the APC has failed to deliver.
The Plateau-born politician made the comment while speaking to the Hausa service of the BBC on Saturday, January 23.
He said the APC has since lost its reputation in the eye of Nigerians, adding that nobody will trust the party again until changes are made.
“What type of government is this that you have to pay bandits before they allow you to go to farm? What will be the future of the North if you have to pay bandits for you to access your own farm?
“Now it is not easy for one to travel in the North. The security challenges have put doubts and fear in many people. For you to travel now you have to pray and fast for your safe return.”
He said APC as a party is presently dwindling and that effort has to be made to rescue it from collapse.
In a related development, some northern elders have said the region is under the siege of Boko Haram, bandits, and kidnappers, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to restore peace to their domain.
The elders under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development expressed their concerns in a statement seen by Legit.ng and signed by the group's national coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni.
Part of the statement read:
“We wish to confirm that the entire north is still under siege from Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of criminality.
“From what is on ground, it would take the northeast more than 100 years to recover even if the war stops today.”
Meanwhile, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday, January 18 decried the rising cases of kidnapping, killings and attacks on clergymen and worship centres in Nigeria.
Governor Okowa made the remark at a security seminar organised by his special adviser on religious matters, at a church in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
Okowa stated that while security agents were working hard to apprehend the perpetrators of heinous crimes, it had become imperative to equip church leaders and families with basic knowledge on personal security and safety at places of worship.
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