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Insecurity: Expert tasks FG on committed war against insurgency, others

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By Nosa Akenzua, Benin

A security expert and former police boss based in the United Kingdom, Chief Ozo David Uwaechi, has attributed the raging insecurity situation in Nigeria, particularly the activities of insurgents, to lack of political will and commitment by the federal government to tackle the situation.

Chief Ozo David Uwaechi, who spoke to our correspondent in Benin on Wednesday, said that all that was required was for the leadership of the nation to demonstrate its commitment to curb insecurity confronting Nigeria, adding that” We are yet to get it right because of poor commitment to the real cause in tackling insecurity in Nigeria.”

Noting that with the right policies and proper collaboration, insecurity will become history in Nigeria, Chief Ozo David Uwaechi disclosed that the current security challenges could be curtailed if the leadership believes in sincerity and collective commitment to ensure the situation has no place in the scheme of things, as well as total commitment.

He said that as much as he was not against those calling for the sack of the service chiefs, yet, he does not believe that relieving them of their positions was the only situation, stressing that if the leaders of the country developed the needed mindset and were determined to curb the problem of insecurity, those saddled with the responsibility of securing the nation will have no choice in doing the right thing at the right time.

On insecurity in Edo state, Chief Ozo David Uwaechi blamed the recent jailbreak for it. According to him, “it is because of the inmates who escaped from various prisons in Benin City. Many of them are still hanging around in Benin City and they are the ones robbing residents.”

He urged traditional rulers in the state to also play major roles in the fight against insecurity situation in Benin, and across the country. 

“The traditional rulers must always address their subjects on the need to eschew wrong doings and that will also help in reducing the situation and assist the police”. 

He called on federal government to see the ENDSARS protests as a wake up call on the challenges of youths unemployment and nefarious activities of some police officers bedeviling the country.

He lamented that people died and property were destroyed during the protests , and however cautioned the government not to lose sight of the intentions of the genuine protesters, saying that the setting up of Judicial panels of inquiry was a good step in the right direction

Chief Ozo David Uwaechi condemned the violence that ensued when the protesters were hijacked by hoodlums and advised that genuine protesters should be separated from the hoodlums and those identified as hoodlums should be made to face the consequences of their actions and sympathized with those whose relations were killed during the #EndSARS protest including the ones allegedly murdered by armed bandits

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