…Give Buhari 60 days ultimatum

Elder women from across the country on Tuesday gave President Muhammadu Buhari 60 days ultimatum to convey a National Conference on security where stakeholders from different sections can proffer solutions to security challenges confronting the nation.

The elderly women led by Chief Felicia Sani, who are operating under the auspices of Nigeria Women Leaders Council, expressed fears at a press conference in Abuja that the country may implode if urgent steps are not taken to checkmate insecurity in the country.

In a test read on behalf of the women by Chief (Mrs) Chika Ibeleme, a former commissioner in Anambra state, they said they can no longer fold their hands while foreigners are allowed to wreak havoc on the country unchecked by the federal government.

“Nigeria is currently at crossroads and the country’s unity is being questioned by the very happenings across every section, at no time have our fault lines been this visible. All the geo-political zones are engulfed in one crisis or the other with lives and property being threatened on a daily basis with insecurity at its peak.

“lf not checked, we as mothers fear that Nigeria may implode sooner than later. A situation where security agencies seem overwhelmed such that foreigners take advantage of the situation to wreak havoc on the country is unacceptable to Nigerian women.

“Nigeria Women Elders Council therefore calls on the Government to convene a National Conference where Nigerians from all walks of life and the different sections can have the opportunity to ventilate their grievances (if any) or express their views on the situation of the country.

“The conference will also afford the government the opportunity to bring every section together towards a lasting solution to the myriad problems confronting the nation.”

“We hereby put the Federal Government on notice that after two months of this call for a National Conference, if nothing is done, Nigerian Women Elders Council will commence a two-week fasting and prayers to seek divine intervention and guidance for further action.

“After communing with God Almighty we will lead Nigerian Women on a Nationwide Peaceful Protest.

“Furthermore, if the government remains adamant, Nigeria Women Elders Council (NWEC) will lead Nigerians in a sit-at-home action until the Nigerian Government and the political class convene a National Conference and agree on workable solutions to the numerous challenges bedeviling the country.

“Nigerian Women Elders Council is tired of watching precious Nigerian Lives being wasted on a daily basis as Nigeria as a nation reaches a tipping point and our children are used as pawns in the hands of power seekers.”

The Women Elders Council also condoled with families that have lost loved ones as a result of the insecurity in the country and also expresses solidarity with families whose loved ones are currently in custody of various anti-people groups inflicting pains and anguish on Nigerians, especially mothers.


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