Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has mentioned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities and that of his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, paid ransom to kidnappers and bandits, however denied it.
Obasanjo, who mentioned he doesn’t imagine in cost of ransom to kidnappers and banditry, charged the federal government to develop technique of coping with kidnappers and bandits closely as a substitute of ransom cost.
The previous President opined that leaders should guarantee 2023 delivery the emergence of a brand new federation in Nigeria, saying “in any other case the nation could also be sliding into floor dissolution.”
He spoke on Wednesday at his Penthouse residence inside Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun State, whereas enjoying host to members of Tiv professionals Group (TPG) led by Prof Zacharys Anger Gundu.
“I do imagine that no matter else we do we have now to make the yr 2023 a watershed for Nigeria. The yr 2023 ought to give us the start of emergence of a brand new federation or feeling that the rot continues, after which, we’re going to be sliding again to a floor dissolution. God forbid,” the previous President mentioned.
The previous President equally insisted that it requires a “carrot and stick” method to combat insecurity challenges to a standstill.
He mentioned “Some individuals are nonetheless reaching out, and hoping that lives can nonetheless be saved. However a scenario whereby anyone thinks paying ransom is the way in which out, that individual is folly. He’s a folly. It’s because once you pay ransom, you encourage. However in case you are not going to pay ransom, you need to have the means to deal closely with it. You need to have the keep on with take care of it.
“Authorities has at all times paid ransom. Not solely this authorities, even throughout Jonathan (administration). They paid ransom, however they denied it.”
Presenting a paper earlier, chief of the group, Prof Zacharys Anger Gundu advised Obasanjo that “blood is flowing in Benue State” following killings of the individuals allegedly by Fulanis and bandits.
He mentioned individuals are being maimed of their sleep and on their ancestral land, calling on Obasanjo and different influential Nigerians to rise to the event to stem the tide of killings.
Whereas alleging skewed safety structure, Gundu mentioned “Nigeria appears to be dropping the battle towards insecurity.
He, nevertheless, demanded that full compensation for the victims of killings and destruction in Tiv land, proscription of armed Fulani teams, whereas “land grabbing should cease and all occupied lands should be vacated.”
Gundu additionally referred to as for intensified advocacy towards nomadic pastoralism and internet hosting “all Nationalities Summit” the place points can be mentioned with a view to discovering lasting options.
He mentioned “There are completely different shades of instability within the nation. Nigeria is actually bleeding to loss of life. There’s even a inhabitants fault-line which may result in the ‘Lebanon Lure’
“All Patriots should stand collectively; but when others should be enslaved earlier than the nation can survive, we are going to favor, as Tiv individuals, to take our future in our arms.”
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