Following the deteriorating state of insecurity in the nation particularly the recent killing of 43 farmers in Zabarmari, Borno State, the Young Progressives Party has unveiled a 6-point demand and solutions to forestall further killings.
The Party in a press conference on Thursday by its National Chairman, Bishop Amakiri said the killing of the farmers “has brought again to the fore the need for urgent intervention by all critical stakeholders in project Nigeria so as to nip in the bud the rising spate of insecurity in the nation”.
Amakiri averred that “Even more worrisome is the insensitivity of President Mohammadu Buhari led APC in addressing the obviously degenerating security situation, which has led to the untimely death and displacement of thousands of innocent Nigerians. It’s indeed sad that due to this high-level insensitivity in responding to our security challenges, Nigeria is currently ranked as the third most terrorized nation in the world”.
The Chairman expressed worry that “A bigger problem is looming if we don’t act on time as the effect of our farmers’ inability to go to their farms due to being targeted by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists and bandits in most parts of the north will most likely lead to unprecedented nationwide food shortage with all its attendant consequences such as hunger, malnutrition and death”.
In view of the development, the party made the following demands and proposed solutions:
- We call on the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari based on his promise made in 2014 at Chatham house that he will lead from the front in the fight against insurgency to declare a national security emergency and immediately sack all service chiefs in adherence to the nationwide outcry due to the worsening state of insecurity in the country in spite progressive increase in budgetary allocations to defence in the last five years.
- We also call on the National Assembly to stop playing to the gallery and start taking concrete steps in ending the daily senseless killings by defending the very citizens who have given them the mandate of representation. To this end, we urge the commencement of impeachment process against President Mohammed Buhari should he refuse to adhere to the collective voice of Nigerians that the service chiefs should be sacked.
- It’s time for the country to be restructured with emphasis on the devolution of powers to the component units so that States with requisite capacity can begin to have State Police in order to be able to solve peculiar challenges as the continued centralized policing system is no longer sustainable considering the worsening state of insecurity.
- There should be an independent audit of Military spendings at least in the last decade to ascertain the immediate and remote reasons why after a decade of fighting insurgency and terrorism, military men are constantly being killed in their numbers in the line of duty amidst complaints of inadequate equipment to confront insurgents whom in most cases have been confirmed to have more sophisticated weapons than our military.
- The government should improve on her human rights records, which has been at an abysmal low in the last 5 years by releasing all illegally detained citizens, stop trying to intimidate or gag the media, stop every dictatorial attempt to suppress peaceful protests or freedom of speech and start obeying the rule of law so as to attract cooperation and willingness from friendly nations to sell us ammunition or forge an international alliance in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
- With the high rate of youth unemployment, investment in the real sector of the economy has become sacrosanct. Even though we acknowledge the efforts of the government through several CBN interventions, it’s only a drop in the ocean when compared to the massive army of unemployed youths. The government should take deliberate steps to drastically reduce the cost of governance and channel savings to invest in the real sector of the economy, education, and health.