Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed grave concerns over the rising tide of insecurity under the administration of President Bola Tinubu, suggesting that Tinubu should resign if he cannot address the issue effectively. Atiku, defeated by Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election, criticized the President for his perceived inaction amidst the growing security crisis.
In a statement on his social media handle, Atiku accused President Tinubu of being detached from the country’s dire situation, citing recent kidnapping incidents as examples of the escalating violence. He emphasized the need for proactive and constant leadership to tackle insecurity and the faltering economy.
Atiku’s criticism comes in the wake of several high-profile kidnapping cases, including the killing of a nursing mother and grandmother in Abuja over a N90 million ransom and the murder of two monarchs in Ekiti. These incidents highlight the broader issue of rampant kidnappings and violence across the nation.
President Tinubu, who assumed office last year with promises to combat Nigeria’s security challenges, faces criticism for the continued prevalence of kidnappings and other forms of violence. Despite his plans to address the root causes through education and other measures, experts argue that a lack of security and government presence, coupled with impunity, has allowed the situation to deteriorate.
The recent outcry from former Vice President Atiku Abubakar about the escalating insecurity under President Bola Tinubu’s leadership is a clarion call for more decisive action. We are confronted with a situation where the safety and security of our citizens are at stake, and the current measures seem to be falling short of addressing this critical issue.
As a nation, we must recognize that the solution to our security woes is not solely in the hands of the government. It requires a collective effort where every stakeholder, including the community, security agencies, and the government, plays a pivotal role. The current state of affairs calls for an urgent reassessment of our security strategies and implementing more effective measures.
The recent incidents of kidnappings and killings are not just mere statistics; they represent a failure to protect our citizens. It’s imperative that the government not only strengthens its security apparatus but also addresses the underlying socio-economic factors contributing to the rise in crime.
We stand at a critical juncture where the need for a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to security is more apparent than ever. This approach should encompass law enforcement and socio-economic initiatives that address poverty, unemployment, and education – the breeding grounds for criminal activities.
In reiterating our initial stance, the government’s response to the current security challenges will be a defining moment in its tenure. It tests its ability to ensure its citizens’ safety and foster an environment where peace and prosperity can flourish.
Did You Know?
- Nigeria has the third-largest youth population in the world, after India and China, with more than 90 million people under 18.
- The Nigerian Police Force is one of the largest in Africa, with an estimated strength of over 370,000 officers.
- Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups with varying languages and customs, creating a rich cultural diversity.
- The country has the tenth-largest proven oil reserves in the world and is the largest oil producer in Africa.
- Nigeria’s Lekki Conservation Centre is home to the longest canopy walkway in Africa, offering a unique perspective of the nation’s rich biodiversity.