Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., National Coordinator Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has explained that if he was given the privilege, he will put an end to insurgency within nine months.
Bamgbose, who have more favourable opportunity declare on taking over from Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s President in 2023 election, was reacting to the recent killings by Boko Haram and bandits in the North.
The senior lawyer noted that insecurity in Nigeria was assuming an ugly and very unfortunate dimension, especially in the North, adding that security must be the collective responsibility of every citizen.
Earlier, Katsina State witnessed attacks from the rampaging bandits with over 40 people being killed while young women were raped and many kidnapped.
Just yesterday, Boko Haram killed at least 81 people, including women and children while many sustained various degrees of injuries in Borno State. Bamgbose described the development as a very sad one.
“This is just the latest reported attacks. The primary responsibility of the Government is to protect lives and properties of the citizens.
“Nigerians are very tired of failed promises by the security agents to put an end to this scenario,” he stated
“The truth of the matter is that insurgency can be defeated within nine months. The key word is putting power into action. I don’t believe in excuses.
“Nigerians are dying in scores almost on daily basis as a result of insecurity. Something has to be done to arrest the situation.
“Firstly, the Federal Government should as a matter of priority, fight poverty like a plague, in the North, especially the North East.
“No country in the world has ever tackled successfully insecurity, without first and foremost, combating poverty in full swing. Poverty is lineage to crime.
“In this respect, one will expect the Federal Government to meet with the Governors, especially from the North East to pragmatically tackle poverty. In this respect one will suggest a scheme, North East Welfare Scheme, NEWS.
“Secondly, as a matter of urgency Federal Government should constitute a special Stakeholders Committee, which might comprise former leaders, present and former Army Chief of Staff, security experts, etc.
“They should be given 6 weeks to come up with blueprint on the immediate and remote reasons for insurgency and what can be done to checkmate it.
“Thirdly, the Government should realize that some of these criminals are fed up carrying gun to cause havoc, but they don’t understand what to do.
“It will therefore be advisable for the Government to create a window for those willing to give up crime. It could be for 8 weeks. We can have a program called, Surrender And Get Empowered, SAGE. Some of them will obviously surrender.
Fourthly, the almajiri system should be abolished or refined. “We have been told that the best way to wipe out bats, is not by killing the flying ones, but to destroy the eggs. The system is really creating a serious problem for the North.
“Some of these insurgents are products of almajiri. Furthermore, the use of drones has now become necessary to defeat insurgency in Nigeria.
“Finally, there should be sincerity in the fight against insurgency. Where there is prevalence of insincerity, insecurity will certainly pervade.
“The Government and the security agents should understand that all shall on the last day give account of his or her stewardship before our Maker, God Almighty. Let’s serve with the fear of God.”