Stop Avoidable Loss Of Lives, Property Across Nigeria, Afenifere Tasks FG

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Afenifere


*advocates state police, proper funding,  motivation of security forces


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere on Sunday, asked the Federal Government to urgently put a halt to the avoidable loss of lives and property in and across the country.
Afenifere in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi declared that in doing this, the time has come for the Federal government to allow ” state police, proper funding and motivation of security forces and a stoppage of patronizing terrorists and bandits”
 “ It is not too late for the President Buhari-led government to urgently put a halt to the avoidable loss of lives and properties by taking steps suggested above. These include allowing state police, proper funding and motivation of security forces and a stoppage of patronizing terrorists and bandits”, it said.
The Pan Yoruba socio political organization emphasized that there is also the need for the President Muhammadu Buhari led government to be genuinely determined to put an end to the carnage in and across the country.
Afenifere maintained that considering the threat by Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to invite foreign mercenaries to fight local terrorism which could pose danger for the country, the Federal government should rise to the increasing wave of insecurity situation in and across Nigeria.
It however advocated  adequate funding of the armed forces, proper motivation of the forces, a stoppage to the kid glove treatment being given to terrorists and more importantly, immediate approval for willing state governments to set up their own police forces.
” The first step is for President Muhammadu Buhari led government to be genuinely determined to put an end to the carnage. In this determination should be adequate funding of the armed forces, proper motivation of the forces, a stoppage to the kid glove treatment being given to terrorists and more importantly, immediate approval for willing state governments to set up their own police forces”
Afenifere stated ” there are dangers in bringing in foreign mercenaries by these governors because their antecedents in the recent past do not give us reasons to trust them”, adding, ” they could perhaps use the said mercenaries against indigenous people”
Lamenting that in spite of the colossal sum been committed to the nation’s security sector,  “the situation is getting worse by the day.”, saying, ” relying on the official sources claiming that upward of N4.27 trillion has been spent on Defence in 7 years, Afenifere expressed regret that in spite of this colossal sum, “the situation is getting worse by the day.”
Afenifere noted further that considering the speeches made by Governor  Rufai and Mr. Rotimi Ameachi, Transportation Minister immediately after the attacks on Kaduna Airport and on Abuja-Kaduna train by terrorists indicating that they suspected that there might be attack on the rail line, Federal  government ought not to have waited for the avoidable incident to happen without taking action to prevent its occurrence.
It lamented that since the unfortunate incidents, all Nigerians heard from the federal government has been assurances that the perpetrators would be apprehended and punished. This has been the refrain over the years. But rather than abating, the problem of insecurity has been getting worse. Nigerians deserve far better deal from what they are getting from their government presently” .

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