Nigerian senior lawyer and presidential aspirant, Olusegun Bamgbose, has unveiled five ‘major’ solutions to insecurity in the nation.
According to the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP chieftain in his new year message to Nigerians, P-E-A-C-E is the secret to ending insurgency and other challenges being faced with the nation at this time.
Admonishing Nigerians to be hopeful for great things in 2021, Bamgbose said he is more concerned with the people in the North East who are been killed by terrorist groups on daily basis.
According to him while listing his brainstormed solutions to tackle the nation’s biggest challenge, the government must focus on how to rapidly create job opportunities for the youths in the North East.
Naija News recalls that Bamgbose had earlier made his interest to run in the 2023 presidential election public, promising to deliver the nation out of current challenges if given the opportunity.
The presidential aspirant in his new year speech made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, January 3, 2021, said: “I’m addressing my fellow Nigerians this new year, as a concerned citizen of this great country.
“You will agree with me that our nation passed through a lot of crisis ranking from the unexpected pandemic, EndSARS protests and this sadly led to a recession. The spate of insecurity has equally not subsided. The activities of bandits, gunmen, kidnappers, terrorists have equally marred the year 2020.
“It was also reported that some harmless protesters were shot by the security agents. My heart goes to the families of the affected ones. Take heart. It will soon be over.
“Recently it was also widely reported that not less than 43 Rice farmers were inhumanly slaughtered in Borno State. This is not only barbaric but horrific. My heart goes to the family of the victims. This is most unfortunate. The quick succession at which it has been happening is quite alarming. Life is very much unpredictable in our country these days.”
“We can’t just sit down and watch people die hopelessly. As ordinary citizens of this country, we must fashion out a way to help the situation. We pray it won’t happen again.
“Many have been killed as a result of insurgency especially in the North East of our country. It’s not enough for us as citizens, to just, as usual, condemn the dastardly act. That is never the solution. We must collectively seek for a solution. We have many times condemned the President and asked him to sack the service chiefs, but that has never improved the ugly situation.
“The question begging for answer is, what is the way out? As a concerned citizen of this country, I’ve taken time to brainstorm on this and I believe I’ve the ANSWER.
“I’m more particularly concerned about our brothers and sisters in the North East who on daily basis live in fear of being attacked and killed.”
Bamgbose insisted that P-E-A-C-E is the only secret to address the nation’s biggest challenge.
Explaining what he meant by the word ‘PEACE’, Bamgbose wrote:
“P- Poverty Eradication – No country in the world has ever succeeded in combating crime and violence, without first and foremost confronting poverty.
“In Nigeria, and in particular in the the North East, we must have to set our priorities right, poverty must be crushed. We have to come up with programs to dislodge poverty in the North East axis.
“I have already set up North East Welfare Scheme, news.
“Hopefully this year, we shall set in motion avenues to raise N30B to fight poverty in the North East.
“E-Education: There can’t be lasting peace in the North East without education. Education is sin qua non to lasting peace in the North East. Education is the key to lasting peace.
“A – Alternative security: We will be wrong to say that security agents are not doing anything, they are, but we will need to think through as per alternative security. To rely on the government to do the job alone may be a tall dream.
“C- Creation of job opportunities: With NEWS, much will be done in respect of this, but the government must equally focus on how to rapidly create job opportunities for the youths in the North East. This is very imperative.
“E – Economic rehabilitation: You will agree with me that the economy of the region has been shattered as a result of the insurgency. Economic rehabilitation is absolutely necessary.
“Finally, I want to assure my fellow citizens that there is a program in the offing that will drastically reduce crime in Nigeria as a whole. I’m hopeful that the program will be launched soon this year.
“I want to assure all Nigerians that poverty and hardship will soon be history in Nigeria. There is a program in the offing which will be launched this year, the LEAP Community. The sole aim of the Community is to eliminate abject poverty. Let’s Eradicate Abject Poverty, LEAP.
“Let’s be very hopeful because this year will be different. Let’s not lose hope in Nigeria. There is hope no matter how bad things are,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has revealed the plan to sue President Muhammadu Buhari to court over continuous retention of service chiefs.
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