Some elders have raised an alarm over the rising insecurity within the nation, saying until pressing and drastic measures are adopted to beat the scenario, Nigeria was sitting on a time bomb.
That is as they warned in opposition to non-adherence to the nation’s federal character ideas in appointments into key positions, noting that the drafters of the Structure didn’t make errors in making such provision.
In a press release on Wednesday, the elders working beneath the umbrella of Discussion board of Nigeria Elders additionally expressed fear over neglect of the South-East Geopolitical Zone in appointments, particularly within the nation’s safety sector.
To this finish, they tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to evaluation his coverage to right the alleged anomaly.
The elders additionally admonished the federal authorities to right away convene a nationwide dialogue to debate the fault traces, main the nation to its current predicaments.
The group tasked authorities to right away start engagement of youths in peace advocacy conferences the place points selling peaceable and harmonious dwelling devoid of spiritual, tribal or regional inclinations have been made the focal factors.
The assertion was signed by Dr Balarabe Usman Wudil, for the North West, Engr Zana Goni for North East. Prof Ambrose Terngu for North Central, Prof. Finebone Tamuno, for the South-South, Dr Ayo Bankole, for South West and Prof. Chika Madumere for the South East, respectively.
“We’re a bunch of elders from the six geopolitical zones of the nation which have labored at completely different excessive ranges of our chosen careers. We’re apprehensive concerning the present state of safety within the nation. Regrettably, the event which had come like a toddler’s play some few years in the past has assumed the present dimension. As a rustic, we’re at the moment sitting on a time bomb and we want to sound an alarm that if nothing pressing is completed to arrest this ugly scenario, we might be consumed,” the Discussion board of Nigeria Elders stated within the assertion.
The group stated,”We’re alarmed by the damaging wave of violence blowing around the nation, this should not be allowed to fester on on condition that it does nobody any good.”
Noting that the methods adopted thus far by the federal government in tackling insecurity within the nation appeared to have little or no constructive outcomes, the Discussion board of Nigeria Elders tasked the federal administration which it stated, was vested with the safety of residents, to undertake what’s known as working methods in dealing with the protracted insecurity.
The group additionally known as on the federal government to continually evaluation safety structure, saying steady restructuring of the safety structure was wanted to get wanted outcomes.
“We’re involved about blatant disregard to the federal character ideas in appointments into key positions within the nation. We activity President Muhammadu Buhari to replicate on this and put issues of their proper locations because the drafters of our structure didn’t make any mistake in making the availability.
“Appointments into key positions needs to be evenly unfold devoid of spiritual, ethnic and regional concerns. It will assist promote nationwide unity which our founding fathers labored tirelessly for.
“Appointments, notably into key positions within the safety sector have to be on benefit moreover regional consideration to offer each part of the nation a way of belonging. The insecurity build up on account of the cry for injustice and the search for self-rule could be drastically tackled by way of this, therefore we’re calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to evaluation his governing methods to get wanted and anticipated outcomes.
“The federal authorities beneath the management of our expensive president, buddy and brother, President Muhammadu Buhari, should handle the problems of injustice in appointments into key sectors particularly folks of the South East of the nation and handle the problems of safety in all elements of the nation,” it stated.
“We make daring to say that there isn’t a time within the historical past of Nigeria that our nation is so divided alongside non secular and ethnic traces like now. This, we should as a rustic attempt to arrest now. The onus rests on President Buhari and we advise that he ought to place his title on the sands of time by bequeathing the legacy of enthroning an excellent Nigeria appropriate for all to dwell in, “it suggested.
The group warned in opposition to the repeat of errors of the previous which it famous, led the nation to what it known as an “avoidable civil struggle”.
“Prior to now, we had civil struggle prompted principally by some avoidable points. These points are nonetheless thriving in our nationwide life with the federal government and its handlers giving deaf ears to them. We should do all the things to keep away from a repeat of the previous errors,” the group reiterated.
The group suggested that: “The president ought to delegate his appointees to maneuver to their varied zones of the nation to work with the elders of the areas and youths to deescalate the looming battle.”
“Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb and one thing must be achieved very quick.
“We enchantment to our expensive president, Muhammadu Buhari to start to disregard rhetorics and empty assurances being given to him by his safety chiefs and transfer to actions that may save our nation from the brink of whole collapse,” the assertion suggested.