Obasanjo: No Nigeria state is safe or secured anymore
As a result of the threat of bandits and terror organisations, a former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that no state in the country was safe and secure any longer.
This was revealed while he spoke on Friday at the Sobo Sowemimo Annual Lecture organised by Abeokuta Club.
Obasanjo stated that all hands must be on deck to tackle the increased insecurity in the country.
He stated thus:
“Let me lay more emphasis on the issue of security, which in itself is serious enough to make restructuring imperative.
“The South-West governors cried out and devised Amotekun as a solution or part-solution.
“We have yet to see how successfully that will be operated.
“Other zones are clamouring for a solution because in no state and in no geopolitical zone is life and property safe and secure.”
Furthermore, he also said that Criminality has become the order of the day. And it cuts across the entire nation.
“Insecurity is one peculiar issue among Nigerians, no matter their tribe, language, religion, geographical location, gender, age or social position.
“I leave out economy which is in the doldrums and fighting corruption where you see more heat than light and which is festering like a bad sore.
“That, to me, is what reform of federating units and restructuring is all about and not about break-up or disintegration.
“Insecurity brought about by widespread criminality of Boko Haram, insurgents, herdsmen/farmers conflict, terrorists, bandits, armed robbers, militants, kidnappers, abductors and human traffickers is a new phenomenon that is ravaging the entire country.
The former president regrettably noted that currently, no part of the country can claim to be safe from the menace and insecurity.
These, he said, are caused by terrorists, armed robbers, human traffickers, kidnappers of all sorts, cattle rustlers, insurgents, bandits and herders/farmers conflicts.
He therefore challenged all Nigerians to put on their thinking caps, join hands and seek solutions together, to avoid being destroyed piecemeal.