- All political parties and stakeholders must join the federal government to overcome insecurity in Nigeria
- This was Bukola Saraki's message on Tuesday, March 2, in Abeokuta, Ogun state
- Saraki stated that the government desperately needs the support and contributions of Nigerians to deal with the menace staring it in the face
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The immediate past Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties, saying the federal government cannot tackle the issue of security all on its own.
In his message to PDP members in Ogun state on Tuesday, March 2, Saraki said the government needs the unwavering support of all stakeholders including political parties to eradicate the menace, PM News reports.
The former Senate boss said there must be a meeting point and the exchange of ideas between the presidency and other resourceful persons who are exposed in the area of security.
Saraki's argument is that the government is not making use of all the human resources at its disposal to frontally attack banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of violent crimes.
Saraki, therefore, urged all parties to put aside their political difference and join the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the anti-terrorism war.
“Let us discuss and see how we can address some of these issues. We are very hopeful for the future of this country, we are very hopeful that everybody will have a sense of belonging. I think it is important that we all must be able to be at the table and discuss.
“We can tap into a lot of resources, even on the issue of security, there are lots of people with a lot of experience that we can make use of.
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“My advice to the government this time is that this problem is a huge problem that cannot be left to just the government and the ruling party. I think this is the time the opposition, the ruling party, our international friends, the private bodies, and all of us must come together on the round table because the challenges before us are enormous and we need to address them.”
Meanwhile, the Department of State Services (DSS) had said that government and security agencies alone cannot tackle insecurity in the country without the support of the citizens, especially on intelligence gathering.
Legit.ng quoted the director-general of the agency, Yusuf Bichi, making the comment on Saturday, December 12, in Abuja at an event.
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