By Ochuko Akuopha
UGHELLI – FORMER General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Chief Frank Kokori, has stated that the Presidency, National Assembly and governors had let Nigerians down in tackling the worsening spate of insecurity bedeviling the nation.
Kokori, who spoke on phone, yesterday, puzzled why President Muhammadu Buhari “will not want to talk to anyone about holding a national discourse” saying that it was time to vary the nation’s structure as soon as and for all.
Describing insecurity within the nation as a nationwide emergency, he urged the federal authorities to sit down up and “be serious”.
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He stated; “The president is the commander-in-chief and he should act. If he does not act, then the national assembly will put him on the spot. We elected him to protect us, he should protect the country. The country is going down the drain, people can’t travel, people can’t do anything.”
“Before, I used to be an opponent of restructuring, however right now I’m a supporter of restructuring. Before, I did’t wish to hear something about state police as a result of I felt the governors will abuse it the way in which they’re abusing the state electoral commissions.
“Every state ought to have a stable nicely geared up vigilante or what you name state civil defence or state vigilante. Fulani herdsmen don’t have license earlier than they’ve their arms. They (state police) ought to have licence and get their weapons.
“There is nowhere on the planet or any level in historical past the place you don’t shield your self . When there may be conflict, you shield your self, you don’t use naked arms to guard your self. Those Fulani herdsmen roaming round with AK47, who gave them license?
“The federal authorities ought to sit up, they need to be critical. All herdsmen from throughout West Africa coming to Nigeria armed to the tooth, and also you cant arrest them, you possibly can’t jail them, you cant do something.
“You even demoralize the police, as a result of if the police arrest a few of them, they are saying they need to launch them. That is the story I’m listening to. Herdmen are killing and kidnapping individuals. There is a approach authorities can storm kidnappers.
“When kidnappers kidnap individuals, a stable authorities will storm them, there might be collateral harm sure. Everyday, you go and be paying ransom to kidnappers. When you pay ransom to them, then that’s all.
“What is the navy educated for? Military ought to have parachuters, that’s what occurs everywhere in the world. They include parachutters and storm the place. There might be collateral harm. You try this two, 3 times, the individuals will run away and no person might be a kidnapper on this nation agian.
“Now you might be negotiating with them and they’re accumulating billions from individuals and also you say you might be operating a authorities. The governors themselves ought to be ashamed of themselves.
“When I look at this country, we just fought for this country for nothing. We have been talking of democracy, democracy came, they wasted it and destroyed the whole system. The governors, National Assembly and the Presidency should be ashamed of themselves. They let down the country.”
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