Workers’ Day: Nigerians urge FG to tackle insecurity
A cross section of Nigerians have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take necessary
step to stop incessant killings by suspected herdsmen across the country.
Some of the people, who spoke on Tuesday in Abuja, said that if the killings continued
unabated conducting elections in 2019 would be difficult.
Mr Abel Abednego, a businessman, said that the country had never witnessed the level of
killings currently taking place on a daily basis before.
“The dimension the killing of innocent Nigerians is taking has never being witnessed before.
There is need to stop it before it degenerates to something else.
“If the killings continue the way it is I don’t think the 2019 election can hold.
“I cannot imagine a group of persons waking up and go to a community and kill every
persons and burn down their houses,
I think this is beyond farmers and herders clashes,” he said.
Abednego said that the security agencies must redouble their efforts
to stop the killings across the country.
Malam Ahmed Kawu, a petty trader, said that the security situation in the country
was restricting the movement of businessmen to some parts of the country.
He added that the killings was gradually polarising the country along ethnic and
religious lines that was inimical to development of the country.
“We are pleading with the Federal Government under President Buhari to do
something urgently to stop the killings,” he said.
Mr Onah Ocheme, a retired soldier, said that security was key to all
developmental programmes in any society.
“You know without security there can be no development.
We are pleading with the Federal Government to do something
about the security situation in the country.
“Every Nigerian today is afraid of what will happen to him or her.
No one is secure in this country because you don’t know what will happen next,” he said.
Ocheme urged the government to adopt the strategy it used in fighting the
Boko Haram insurgency to fight the lingering herdsmen attack on communities in the country.
Mrs Gloria Amuche, a civil servant, said that as workers celebrate May Day,
government on its part must wake up to its responsibilities.
“The responsibility of any responsible government is to protect its citizens and their property.
But when it fails to do that there will always be distrust among the people,” he said.(NAN)