Immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has decried the alarming rate of insecurity that is threatening the unity of Nigeria.
In a statement released on his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, Saraki opined that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) and the ruling All Progressives Congress party are overwhelmed and need help from all angle to turn the current situation around.
He said: “However, it is obvious that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) government need help. They have been overwhelmed by the situation and they sure need assistance from all.
“In this regard, I urge Mr. President to seek help wherever it can be found. This matter has gone beyond what the government can handle alone. The President should know that calling for help in our present situation is not a sign of weakness.
Reports of killings and unrest stemming from violence, killings, kidnapping as well as the breakdown of law and order from banditry, ethnic clashes as well as terrorism have raised tensions across the country.
The senator made reference to the multiple alarming reports from “Anambra State to Kaduna, Yobe, Niger, and Lagos States where critical insecurity issues were recorded and reported” on Monday.
The reports chronicled the death of 15 cops and five soldiers, as well as the killing of abducted students of Greenfield University in Kaduna.
Saraki warned that situation “cannot continue” and “cannot become Nigeria’s new normal.”
He declared that Buhari needs to seek help from all former Presidents and heads of state, serving and former chief justices, serving and former presiding officers of the National Assembly, serving and former heads of security agencies, traditional rulers with relevant experience, leaders of the private sector, development partners, friends of Nigeria in the international community and all others who can help in finding solutions to the problem at hand.
“I want to reiterate that Mr. President needs to bring together all former Presidents and Heads of state; serving and former: Chief Justices, Presiding Officers of the National Assembly and Heads of Security Agencies.
“Mr. President should also call upon leaders of the private sector, our development partners, friends of Nigeria in the international community and all others who can help in finding solutions to the problem at hand,” he said.
According to him, such a meeting must hold expeditiously and must be followed by immediate actions.
Saraki noted that there are some people who will prefer the president his recommendation because it is coming from a source outside government.
“The attitude this time must be different. This is not a time to play politics with Nigerian lives.
“The security of lives and properties is the primary duty of government, therefore, it must be taken seriously. My suggestion here is an appeal made out of genuine concern with what is going on in our dear country.”
“The National Assembly must stand up and put Nigeria first before any other considerations. It is by doing this that they can genuinely help both the government and their constituents.
“The leaders of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) also have a vital role to play. They must do all that is necessary to help the administration to get solutions to this national crisis. This is a time for them to be part of the search for the solutions.
“Even those of us in the opposition party recognise the fact we can only exist if we continue to have a country. Thus, we are willing to cooperate with the government in finding solutions to this problem.
“However, all these actors will not jump into the arena without the government facilitating their intervention. The government needs to call on them before this problem consumes all of us.”
“I appeal to Mr. President to take the bull by the horn. He should act to stem the tide of this violence threatening to tear the country apart,” he said.
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