What is the way forward with insecurity challenges in the country?
It affords me the opportunity to call your attention to a few of our security challenges in the country. It has been a subject of national debate and interest as many lives are being lost every day and I’ve been wondering what the federal government is doing to fix it.
President Muhammadu Buhari promised to secure the lives and property of every Nigerian during his re-election campaign but that’s not the case as there is obvious increase in crime and criminality, coupled with killings.
The very glaring example is the activities of Fulani herdsmen who are notorious for the killing of farmers. The fact of their being rather out of control under this present regime should be a thing of concern for every Nigerian as they started their evil activities the same way the dreaded Boko-Haram did.
The porosity of our borders has been another neglected issue because a country without borders is no country because hardened criminals and other threats can easily gain entry into it.
The office of National Security Adviser (NSA) has been porous for years as they have woefully failed in securing the country from the enemy within and without.
An instance is the case of then national security adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, who was accused of misappropriating funds meant for combating the Boko-Haram insurgency in the North-East of Nigeria. He was alleged to have mishandled the about $2.2bn which was meant for arms procurement.
The state if insecurity is now so bad that the government of the United States of America warned its citizens not to travel to as many as 24 of the 36 states in Nigeria due to the increase of insecurity in the country. This is not good and a disincentive for foreign and local investors.
I believe that the governments of this nation should put heads together, regardless of political and other differences and fight this insecurity that has been plaguing the country for years.
Benin, Edo State.