Jonathan: Nigeria’s Security Challenges Getting Worse
- Says govt must device new ways of tackling insecurity
- Northern Elders, CNG Urge Fulani Herdsmen To Relocate To North
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that the security situation in the country is getting worse. He therefore said the Federal Government must work with state governments and adopt a different approach to fight kidnapping and terrorism.
Jonathan made the recommendation Tuesday while speaking with journalists in Akure, Ondo State, during his condolence visit to the Leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio Political Group, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, on the death of his daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin.
Mrs Olakunrin , 58, was shot dead last Friday at Kajola on Ore-Sagamu Road while returning to Lagos from Akure, Ondo State.
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According to Jonathan, he said: “I was there as a president for some time, security challenges were there with me, I also inherited some. But it is getting worse every day. And we cannot continue to use the same old method.”
As security operatives, the police, the SSS, the armed forces we must deploy technology and I believe if the federal government will need to set up a special unit, just like we set up EFCC and ICPC to handle specific issues of corruption.
” If this is done, they will know that their total responsibility is to manage this issue of kidnapping and terrorist attacks on people going on the road or going to the farm.
“We can’t continue that way, it is not just possible, because we can’t talk about managing the economy of this country if people are not safe. Economy is for the people, they must be alive to enjoy infrastructure. Even if you tar all the roads in the country and people cannot move around, then the road become meaningless.
“The issue of security must be approached from a different dimension, we cannot continue the old way because it is getting out of hand”.
Jonathan, who said just like every generation faces problems and finds ways of solving the problems, every government faces some unique problems which must be solved in a unique manner.
Jonathan said a lot of things were discussed during the 2014 national conference organised during his tenure and recommendations were made including on security.
“We should not play politics with serious national issue. If we look at that report, there are recommendations that bother on security and if there is area that need to be expanded because I believe everyday new ideas come, it should be updated.
“There is nothing wrong holding a specific meeting to look at the issue of security. I believe the federal and state government (should) device a new approach, deploy technology and deploy more money to protect our people”, Jonathan said.
Northern Elders, CNG Urge Fulani Herdsmen To Relocate To North
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), have called on Fulani herdsmen living in the various southern states to relocate to the north if their safety can no longer be guaranteed by the state governments where they reside and the federal government.
The Chairman of NEF, Prof. Ango Abdulahi and the spokesman of CNG, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, made the call yesterday while addressing journalists in Abuja.
Abdulahi who commended the way and manner the northern youths have handled the issue, stressed that the declaration made by the CNG 14 days ago had generated reactions from the southern leaders.
He also commended the coalition for not only heeding the advice of the governors but also that of the northern elders, stating that NEF was satisfied with the interaction they have had with the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) so far.
Abdullahi, however, decried the reactions from some sections of the country, especially from leaders, which he said ought to have exercised some restraint considering the sensitive nature of the issue.
While assuring the CNG that the NEF would take up this issue and find solution to it, he added that there was need to do everything possible to avoid escalation of the matter in order not to lead to the breakdown of law and order in the country.
“Throwing caution to the winds, Gani Adams, Fani Kayode, Yinka Odumakin and a host of other southern regionalists shamelessly insisted on changing the narratives around the killing of the Fashoranti lady. In the process, they threatened all forms of violations and breaches against northerners, including the threat of an all-out war.”
“With all these statements and steps taken by the southern governors and opinion leaders, we are worried that none of the northern governors or federal official has deemed it apt to caution them.
“The failure or neglect of the police to trace a connection between the Fashoranti murder and the seeming pre-arranged conduct of Fani Kayode, Odumakin and Adams by their haste to shift the blame in order to render the Fulani object of attack is certainly suspicious.
“We are concerned about the sincerity of the federal government in implementing the NLTP going by the manner previous efforts at executing development projects like the Mambila hydro-electric power project and several initiatives on the herdsmen dilemma were invariably stalled.
“We are equally worried that the NLTP is vested in the office of the vice president that is believed to have frustrated previous project meant for the north.”