Seek help over insecurity, Saraki urges Buhari

A former Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seek help in tackling the worsening insecurity across the country.

In a statement he signed on Tuesday, Saraki said it’s obvious Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) government need urgent help.

“They have been overwhelmed by the situation and they sure need assistance from all. Thus, I urge Mr. President to seek help wherever it can be given.

“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,” Saraki said.

Recalling the endless bloodletting, kidnapping and banditry in different parts of the country, Saraki described Monday, April 26, 2021 as one of the saddest days in the country’s recent memory.

“All in one day, from Anambra State to Kaduna, Yobe, Niger, and Lagos States, critical insecurity issues were recorded and reported.

“Hour after hour; breaking news after breaking news, we saw numerous unacceptable reports of violence, kidnapping, terrorism, and the systematic breakdown of law and order in many parts of the nation. This should not be so.

“We read reports of Boko Haram hoisting its flag in Niger State, in Shiroro local government area that houses one of Nigeria’s largest power stations — and is just about 200 kilometres from our federal capital.

“We also read the statement of the Niger State governor, where he expressed how helpless the government has become, and how thousands of people have been displaced in his state. He also lamented how the efforts of the federal government have not yielded concrete results.

“We also received sad and disturbing reports that Mainok, a town on the Damaturu-Maiduguri highway was invaded on Sunday by the insurgents who unabashedly went on a killing spree — targeting our brave soldiers and innocent civilians alike. Nine people were said to have been killed by hoodlums that invaded Ukpomachi Village, Awkuzu in Oyi local government area of Anambra State.

“In Kaduna State, two more innocent students that were kidnapped from Greenfield University were killed by their abductors. While an unspecified number of students have now been abducted from the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, in Benue State. All in one day. All within a 24-hour news cycle. This cannot continue. This cannot become Nigeria’s new normal,” he lamented.

The former Senate President reiterated an earlier call to President Buhari to bring together all former Presidents and Heads of State, serving and former Chief Justices and serving and former presiding officers of the National Assembly.

He also listed for consultation 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.

Continuing, Saraki said: “The meeting must hold expeditiously and must be followed by immediate actions. I know there are many people who believe that the fact that this suggestion is coming from a source outside government is a good reason for the President to ignore it.

“I think the attitude this time around must be different. This is definitely not a time for partisanship or for people to play politics with the lives of the citizenry and the future of the country.

“Security of lives and properties is the first and most important duty of government and 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”.

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