- Bola Tinubu, an APC chieftain, has joined other prominent Nigerians in expressing his concerns about the insecurity in the country
- Tinubu has been largely quiet on the issue of insecurity which has bedevilled the country in the last few weeks
- The respected political leader, however, used the opportunity of his recent public appearance to address the issue
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has lamented that Nigeria is currently facing a crisis triggered by mounting insecurity.
The former governor of Lagos made the comment at the 8th Day Firdaus Prayer of the first civilian governor of the state, Late Alhaji Lateef Aremu Jakande, held on Friday, February 19 in the Ilupeju area of the megacity.
According to Tinubu, the country is experiencing kidnapping, banditry, and all other forms of social vices which are indices of crisis.
Nigerian Tribune quoted him as saying:
“Nigeria is currently facing a crisis of insurgency, banditry, and all aspects of insecurity. May the Almighty that made this country huge in potentials protect and salvage us from looming situations.
“Only Almighty Allah will judge the unfaithful and will direct us on the right path. It is left for you, myself, and everyone.
“Those who have seen the effect of the war on tribalism and religious conflicts will never want a repeat of such. We pray to God to strengthen our mind and bring peace to this land.”
While eulogising the deceased, Tinubu prayed to God for prudent, honest, and forward-looking leaders like the Late Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
“We pray that Lagos state and Nigeria will give us more leaders that are prudent, honest, and would give priority to the future like Alhaji Lateef Jakande.”
Meanwhile, as Nigeria continues to witness worrying cases of insecurity, the Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency across the country with immediate effect.
The demand was part of the Senate’s resolution on Wednesday, February 17 as a holistic response to the mounting security challenges across the country.
Similarly, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Wednesday, February 27, called on the federal government to immediately declare a state of emergency on the growing insecurity in Nigeria.
The centre in a statement signed by its director, Idayat Hassan, and seen by Legit.ng, noted that the authorities in Nigeria have to come to terms that the country is facing a huge security problem and act decisively.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.