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Leadership failure reason for insecurity – Ben Akak

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By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

A governorship hopeful and top businessman in Cross River state, Engr Ben Akak, has said the rising security upheavals in the country was an indication of leadership failure.

In a telephone chat, Thursday, Akak said, “Lack of leadership is Nigeria’s problem as far as insecurity is concerned. 

“We are not taking drastic decisions to curb insecurity. I am one of those who do not believe we need foreign interference. Let’s check out all those countries where foreigners had intervened in their situations, like in Afghanistan, Pakistan and others. There had been an unending crisis in those places. What we have is a domestic issue and even with foreign infiltration, it is not going to stop us. 

“There is something we must do. We should shut down the borders in those areas that have proved to be neck deep in this crisis, especially the North. We have trained personnel and let’s not forget the fact that Nigeria is known for being the best in peace keeping. Where is that expertise that we used outside and why can’t we apply it domestically? It’s lack of political will; it’s lack of leadership.

“I have advocated in several occasions that we have to review our leadership recruitment policy in this country. I know that there are people who happen to be in leadership who should not have been there. I see no reason we should be entangled in this kind of crisis; we are no longer safe. Even the high and mighty cannot guarantee safety now. That is one aspect.

“The other aspect of insecurity is the issue of unemployment which is tied to poverty. I have advocated that for a country like Nigeria. What we need to do is to begin the process of domesticating most of our economic policies and programmes to the point of making sure that we begin to produce because every country that consumes cannot break even. 

“We consume so much and produce less and because you are not producing much. You are not generating employment and most of the jobs are transferred. So, insecurity is tied to unemployment and poverty.

“Again, I want to end it with this that there is no man-made effort that can solve Nigeria’s problem no matter what we do. We must go back to the Almighty God and tell Him ” please Lord, show us where we had gone wrong, and how can we fix these issues?” It must be a leadership decision. 

“Whether you are going to call the Imams and the Pastors and put them together is left for the leaders to decide. You have to tell them, ‘while we are doing the scientific aspect, you also do the spiritual one because the two work together. When we do this Nigeria will be bright again. I believe in Nigeria and I believe Nigeria has all the potentials to be great again.”

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