Former Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has reviewed the spate of insecurity and raised the alarm that the country is at war with itself.
Dogara, in fact, declared that the country is on the verge of the precipice.
Speaking at the 10th convocation ceremony of Achievers University, Owo in Ondo state, Dogara asked the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration “to stop playing the ostrich or pretend that all is well with us and our country.
The former Speaker who is the Chancellor of the University lamented the seemingly intractable security challenges in the country.
” The South-West and South-East are fast becoming Nigeria’s new zones of instability. Added to this is the long list of other protracted conflicts, including but not limited to Boko Haram insurgency in the North East that has left scores of people dead and millions displaced; banditry in the North West; piracy and organised crime in the South-South and farmer-herder clashes in much of the rest of the country.
“The problem of ungoverned spaces in Nigeria where the government has lost the capacity to exert coercive power or at best maintains a sporadic or weak presence, leave vast forested landscapes across the country for terrorists, bandits and sundry criminal cartels to use as sanctuaries and establish operational bases.
” With an unemployment rate of over 30 per cent, epileptic economic growth; overburdened and overwhelmed security agencies coupled with weak institutional capacity within the security agencies; extreme inequality cum poverty and citizens alienation from the government, you need not look no further lot compounding factors. According to the Global Terrorism Index released on 27th November 2020, Nigeria is now the third-most terrorized country in the world.
“With the above-painted scenario, we can no longer play the ostrich or pretend that all is well with us and our country.
” We must say it as it is Nigeria is at war with itself. It’s like all roads lead to Golgotha. The dam has broken and we have reached an inflexion point. These are events that must change the way we think and act in order to walk Nigeria back from the precipice.
Dogara noted that “something has been fundamentally wrong with Nigeria which we have tailed to cure.
” Experts have linked insecurity in Nigeria to government’s failure or lack of capacity to deliver public services as well as prowed (or basic needs of the people.