An advocacy group under the aegis of Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative, on Sunday tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to concentrate only on solving the security problems for now.
The advocacy group gave the charge against the backdrop of increasing cases of abductions and kidnappings occasioned by worsening insecurity in the country.
The group also tasked the President to hold the state governments, police, security agencies and the military liable where there are obvious lapses and negligence on their part.
The Executive Director of the group and rights activist, Amb. Melvin Ejeh, in a statement urged the president to be ruthless with the perpetrators of crimes in Nigeria not minding what they seem to be projecting.
Amb. Ejeh warned that unless the president’s body language to criminals completely changes to that of intolerance, perpetrators could mistake his indifference as a support ro their evil activities, thereby heightening their acts.
He further charged the president to clearly and actionably indicate intolerance for the activities of bandits and perpetrators of similar criminal activities in the country.
Amb. Ejeh, wants the president and his administration not only to be audacious but also unambiguous in dealing with the security problems of the country with a view to nipping it in the bud before it gets to an irreversible point.
Expressing its regret that insecurity in the country was getting to the point where citizens can no longer sleep with their eyes closed, the organization insisted that “a lot more can be done both at the government and security agencies’ level.
“The body language of the President and indeed the Government should clearly and actionably indicate intolerance for the activities of these bandits and similar criminals. It should be audacious and unambiguous,” it said.
Amb. Ejeh further noted that, “The security situation in the country is really bad and has tendency to escalate to a more fatal dimensions if not tackled seriously and urgently.
“Addressing the security challenges should be the Government’s topmost priority now, any other thing can follow.
“The security situation has direct impact on other aspects of our nation especially the economy, therefore government must prioritize security.
“It should be given priority in terms of adequate, timely funding and other necessary support as well as strong political will”.
Noting that the president was not getting it right in the security subsector because he was not being told the true situation of the developments in the country, Amb Ejeh said:”Principal staff and aides to the President should support him by telling him the whole truth always.”
Also advising security agencies on the way forward, the rights activist while noting that the police needed adequate funding to enable it confront insecurity headlong, observed that “most of them have not shown enough commitment to justify previous investments and support given to them by the Government ( including state governments) and private individuals ( like Dangote and others)”.
He noted that either they are deliberately trying to sabotage the efforts of the IGP or most of them are just not committed.
He added that the police force have some very fine and committed officers and men who are doing very well despite the shortfalls.
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