- PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, has called on President Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security
- Secondus said no part of Nigeria is safe again, noting that people are dying
- The PDP leader said there is no way Nigeria can experience development if the security crisis is not tackled
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Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare "a national state of emergency" over Nigeria's security crisis.
The PDP leader made this known in a press briefing covered by Channels TV and seen by Legit.ng on YouTube.
Secondus said everywhere in Nigeria, from the north to the south, is no longer safe.
"People are dying, you don't even know their numbers. Why must we continue to lose our people on the streets?
"Homes are being attacked, bandits are all over the place. So the president should declare a state of emergency on security nationwide."
He emphasised that the Nigerian president has to focus on security, noting that without the security of lives and property, the country cannot have meaningful development.
Secondus said his advice to the president was not a political one but a genuine call to ensure peace is restored.
"We should put politics aside and face the business of government squarely. Mr President, provide security of lives and property."
The PDP leader said President Buhari's handling of security in the last six years has not been effective, adding that it is time to involve everybody by declaring a state of emergency.
In a related development, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the minority leader of the Senate, has said the 2023 general elections may not hold if the current security crisis in the country is not effectively tackled.
Ababribe who represents Abia South in the upper legislative chamber made this known in an interview published by Daily Sun on Saturday, April 17.
He said nearly all parts of the country are no longer safe, even the southern region which had earlier been relatively peaceful.