• Gowon, Sultan, Dangote and others sue for peace
• Osinbajo asks the acting IG to establish public order and the dignity of the police
Deji Elumoye and Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
Former head of state and president of the National Peace Committee (NPC), General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), yesterday expressed concern over the proliferation of all calibers of weapons in the country, which he estimated at six million.
Other leaders like former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (RTD); Sultan of Sokota, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, also expressed concern about the negative effects of growing insecurity in the country and sued for peace.
Abdulsalami and others discussed the NPC dialogue with key stakeholders in Abuja.
They spoke on the day Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) accused Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Babu, of addressing multiple threats to national public safety, law and order.
Abdulsalami lamented that the proliferation of weapons has increased insecurity in the country and led to over 80,000 deaths and close to three million internally displaced persons.
He stated that the challenges facing the country are not only uncertainty in the narrower sense of the military definition, but also that it has taken on a comprehensive nature.
He enumerated the challenges, including the Boko Haram uprising, robbery, kidnapping, growing poverty, agitation from the Balkans, the threat of hunger stemming from the insecurity faced by farmers and still facing a growing sense of collective despair and discouragement. population.
Abdulsalami said: “It is worrying about the spread of all calibers of weapons, not only in our subregion in general, but especially in Nigeria. It is estimated that there are over six million such weapons in circulation in the country. This has certainly exacerbated the insecurity that has led to over 80,000 deaths and close to three million internally displaced persons. “
He added that the situation is frightening because the security forces are not only over-disposed but also under-funded.
He said security agencies could achieve better performance with more sophisticated weapons, equipment and more resources.
“We believe that Nigeria must find a way out of these problems. We hope that perhaps among us, listening to your different perspectives, we can begin to build self-confidence in our people so that we can sustain ourselves together.
“So we hope to not only share our collective lamentations about the current situation, but we will come up with some concrete proposals that can point forward – proposals that can boost the confidence of our people and ensure that our country stays that way,” he said.
Welcoming the stakeholders, including the traditional rulers, the Governor of the State of Ekiti and the Chairman of the Forum of Governors of Nigeria, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; The Governor of the Plateau State and Chairman of the Forum of Northern Governors, Your Honor Simon Lalong; religious leaders, the military, police and other security agencies, Abdulsalami said President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of the meeting and supported it.
He said the meeting is expected to reveal the causes of the conflict and how to mitigate them.
Gowon, who spoke through zoom, called on all Nigerians, regardless of religious and political differences, to see the challenges in the country, including insecurity, as challenges that must be addressed and addressed together.
For his part, the Sultan called on Nigerians to learn to love each other regardless of religion or tribe.
He said, “As individuals we must add value to ourselves and we should know that we did not create ourselves; God created us and when God created us, He didn’t ask us where do you want me to bring you into the world? We just found ourselves in various places.
“So what we need to do is see who we are and work for humanity because we are individuals; yes, but we have to come together and work for humanity, and while we work for humanity, you have to respect your own religion, if you respect your own religion, you see what is right and wrong for you.
“Before, there was nothing like that person being Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa or anything else.”
He added that they all saw themselves as human beings.
“We as leaders need to know that we will be held accountable for this leadership that God gave us on the last day. So, please, let’s look at the various problems we have; let us see how we are our brother’s keeper. We should not allow the elites to break us, because they are the ones shouting to break up, ”he said.
In his remark, Dangote begged Nigerians to beware of sensationalizing reports of the crisis so as not to escalate tensions in the country.
He said the security issue should be a matter for everyone, because no one can do any job in the absence of security.
“We have to be careful with the types of news we spread because in areas where there is no peace no one will invest and that is why it is always good for us to talk well about the country and not just spread rumors that are not there,” he said.
Some of the prominent Nigerians who attended yesterday’s dialogue session were the emeritus of the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan; The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah; and His Royal Highness, Alfred Diete-Spiff.
Osinbayo asks the acting IG to establish public order and the dignity of the police
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo accused Acting Inspector General of Police Usman Baba of tackling multiple threats to national public safety, law and order.
Osinbayo, while decorating the new IG with his rank in the State House, Abuja, also instructed Baba to restore police dignity and reputation.
Osinbayo said: “IG, you are taking over the function in a very turbulent time of our people’s lives. There are multiple threats to law, order and public safety. The role of law enforcement, and in particular the role of the police as the primary agency in charge of maintaining law and order, has never been more important. The police are our institution in the first place, the first line of defense against crime and anarchy and the first sign of the strength of the state. “
He said the challenges facing the new police chief were difficult challenges that would test his ability, adding that the security organization he leads also faces several challenges.
He said: “Your officers continue to work in extremely difficult conditions. And some face the threat of physical harm from terrorists, hostile non-state actors while on duty, but have lived up to expectations. There is no question at all that much needs to be done. There is a lot of work to be done. “
The vice president also challenged the new coxswain to ensure that the highest standards of professional conduct begin to manifest in all jobs of men and women in the service.
“Under your leadership, the force must meet all the highest standards of professional conduct and respect for the rule of law. It must significantly improve the well-being and working conditions of its employees, while accelerating the scaling of its forensic, logistical, logistical and operational capacities to meet today’s challenges. “You have to remove the excess and abuse and the culture of impunity, which is shown by some elements of force that cause public outrage against the institution,” he added.
Osinbayo expressed the government’s readiness to help reposition the police.
He added: “In short, your mission is nothing less than restoring the dignity and high reputation of police officers and continuously lubricating the machinery of the police force, which enables it to be one that is respected by the population and the international community.” The testimony of your pedigree and career so far is that you are up to the task. “
Speaking to reporters after his decoration, Baba promised to adjust the police’s operational strategy as an improvement on what his predecessor left behind.
He said: “I have entered a very challenging time. I know that. I recognize that and will work on how to improve from where my predecessor went. I am a member of the management team. We tried to do our best, but it was not enough. There is room for improvement.
We will definitely adjust our operational strategies.
“We have Mr. President’s blessing and we hope to get more very soon than we asked for through the Police Fund.”
He urged the public to expect an improvement in the security situation in the country, while urging Nigerians to co-operate with police in achieving a crime-free society.
“Despite all the shortcomings we have, we are still asking everyone to be part of the police in this country. And that is why the emphasis on community policing will continue and the emphasis on cooperation with all other sister agencies, and we hope that we will have a better situation very soon, “he said.