Former Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, on Monday, tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to take motion in addressing the rising insecurity, agitation and different associated hostilities in Nigeria.
Anyim, nonetheless, urged President Buhari to arrange a contemporary fee of inquiry as a approach to nip within the bud the rising insecurity in Nigeria.
The previous Senate President made this recognized in a press release signed and addressed to President Mohammadu Buhari and forwarded to DAILY POST.
The letter reads partly: “I’ve determined to do that open letter simply to ensure that it is going to get to you, as a result of I think that the non-public one didn’t get to you. Most significantly, I’d not have bothered to write down you this letter if the unlucky and avoidable circumstances we’ve discovered ourselves in, as a nation, haven’t continued to fester to the magnitude of threatening the material of the nation. This letter, due to this fact, is to recuperate my earlier suggestion which, I wish to consider, didn’t get to you.
“The perilous threats to our nationwide sovereignty on the time you took over the reigns of energy in 2015 had been the Boko Haram insurgency within the North East; the armed agitation within the Niger Delta Area, and the IPOB agitation within the South East. Mr. President, in your assumption of workplace essentially the most placing promise you made to the nation was to deal with insecurity with emphasis on reclaiming the territories occupied by Boko Haram.
“I have to admit that you simply did strategy the insecurity problem with commendable willpower however sadly, the problem, with time, turned hydra headed and little question went past your management.
“I want to observe that each violent agitation originates from a non-violent agitation that was not attended to. In the present day, Nigeria is bedeviled with violent and non-violent agitations. It’s also a undeniable fact that the present violent agitations originated from non-violent agitations e.g., Boko Haram began as a non-violent procession; the herders/farmers clashes which has
degenerated right into a lethal battle with many states now bloody theatre of conflict; ethnic conflicts in Kaduna, Ebonyi, Cross River, Benue, Plateau states and many others.
“It’s escalating to an unmanageable scale; Armed Banditry in just about all states of the federation significantly Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger, Sokoto which has overwhelmed the Legislation enforcement companies, kidnapping which has turn out to be occupational in most elements of the nation.
“To worsen issues, Boko Haram, has acquired a brand new impetus that they now overrun the army and have even expanded their base to Niger State. IPOB has turn out to be a regional problem. On the non-violent facet, agitations for restructuring are scaling up in momentum, ethnic consciousness and allegiance even among the many elite are far eroding nationwide considerations. All these and lots of extra coupled with gross downturn within the nationwide financial, social and political area has turn out to be an obvious risk to our nationhood.
“I’m so as to add that it have to be recognized that army actions and even overseas assist alone can not convey everlasting options to ethnic conflicts or nationality agitations. Mr. President, it is advisable create a platform to listen to Nigerians out” he stated.
Anyim nonetheless, tasked President Buhari to arrange an pressing contemporary fee of inquiry to handle these youths agitation and different insecurity that’s wracking havoc and threatening the unity of the nation.
“I make daring to suggest that Mr. President ought to make historical past by empaneling one other fee of inquiry to inquire into the violent and non-violent agitations in Nigeria and make suggestions on the immediate-, short- and long-term options as a method of first de-escalating the rising pressure within the land and a course of for the renewal of our march to nationhood.
“You will need to observe that in a democracy, no motion is deemed profitable or accomplished till the buy-in-of the folks is secured by way of a democratic course of. This buy-in- is an crucial that’s but to be pursued within the struggle in opposition to violent agitations in Nigeria. I have to say that so long as the persons are not a part of the method of discovering options to the conflicts, a everlasting answer will likely be a mirage.
He nonetheless enumerated the advantage of the fee to incorporate; “The de-escalation of the present pressure within the nation and creation of a platform for trade of concepts. It’s a pure Governmental technique of addressing challenges of public significance. The report of such a fee will put in correct perspective and supply foundation for additional motion.
“It’ll supply the citizenry the chance and platform to share their considerations and to be heard. This helps to construct confidence and cut back animosity and mutual suspicion. It identifies the speedy and distant causes of the present challenges and supply a framework for his or her decision.
“Such a fee will intention not solely to unravel the distant and speedy causes but additionally decide the varied dimensions and outline them accordingly. E.g. democratic agitations will likely be separated from violent crimes to the understanding of all. It’ll additionally seize the explanations for the agitations and the Justice thereto.
“Such a Fee will suggest immediate-, short- and long-term options and develop a roadmap in direction of addressing them. Such roadmap used as a nationwide reference doc would information additional interactions and course of for implementation. Such doc would be the basis for a brand new Nigeria anchored on negotiated settlement derived from the legitimacy bestowed by citizen participation and the credibility of the fee” he added.