Categories: HeadlinesLocal

Security Architecture As Operated Under This Govt Cannot Give Nigerians Hope – Obasanjo


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says restructuring of the nation’s security architecture is the only means by which Nigerians can truly get the safety of lives and property that they so desire. 

Speaking on Friday at the 2020 edition of the Sobo Sowemimo Annual Lecture organised by Abeokuta Club, Obasanjo noted that at this point, the destiny of the country is in the hands of every Nigerian.

At the event titled, “COVID-19 and the Nigeria security issues: The way forward” the elder statesmen urged Nigerians to put on their thinking caps in a bid to chart a new course for socioeconomic developments.

According to the former president, “federal security architecture as organised and operated by the present government cannot give any individual or group hope, let alone assurance of security within Nigeria.

READ ALSO: Troops Foil Attempted Kidnap Along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway

“Our destiny is in our own hands. In reform and restructuring, security architecture, structure and arrangement must devolve more security responsibility on the community, local and state authorities.

“Unfortunately, I have recently observed from some writers on the security situation in the North, the feeling or attitude of ‘it serves them right’. We must not gloat at the difficulties or misfortune of others, rather we must emphathise.

“Wherever there is insecurity in Nigeria, it must be of concern to all of us. It should not be the attitude of ‘am alright Jack’ or ‘it serves them right’. I believe it should be ‘we are all in one bad boat and we must put all hands on deck to fix it’. Maybe now that we are all feeling the pinch, the collective fixing will be understood and be easy to accomplish”.

The former military leader urged Nigerians to take initiative and spearhead actions that will involve “governments and the governed”, leading to the devolution of the security architecture, and responsibility in subsidiarity.

Soonest Nathaniel

Disqus Comments Loading...
Published by
Soonest Nathaniel

Recent Posts

Why New Electricity Tariff Took Immediate Effect – NERC Commissioner

The increase will see the customers paying N225 kilowatt per hour from the current N66.

11 mins ago

FG To Launch New National ID With Payment, Social Capabilities

NIMC noted that only registered citizens and legal residents with the National Identification Number (NIN)…

1 hour ago

Police Rescue Over 100 Kidnapped Victims, Neutralise Five Suspected Bandits In Katsina

Within the period under review, a total number of 51 cases of major crimes such…

3 hours ago

NAFDAC Seizes N50m Worth Of Illicit Drugs In Lagos Raid

The Agency said that the individuals arrested will be prosecuted accordingly, and the confiscated drugs…

4 hours ago

Senegal’s Youngest President Names ‘Breakaway’ Government

The government included four women, who were handed the portfolios of foreign affairs, fisheries, family…

7 hours ago

Chinese Sci-Fi Fans Divided Over Netflix’s ‘3 Body Problem’

One Chinese reviewer likened the series to "a plate of General Tso's chicken", a Westernised Chinese…

8 hours ago