Insecurity: Nigerians at the mercy of kidnappers, bandits – Onaiyekan

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has urged the Federal Government to urgently address the insecurity along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, which he said had led to the kidnapping and killing of many Nigerians.

The cleric said citizens were at the mercy of kidnappers and bandits who according to him, were waging a war against ordinary citizens and extorting huge ransoms from them.

Speaking in Abuja on Saturday on a conference on migration scheduled to hold on May 7, 2019, with the theme, ‘Action against irregular migration of Nigerians,’ Onaiyekan said politicians who had no solution to the security and social challenges confronting the nation had no business being in government.

The Cardinal stated, “If you have no idea of how to develop Nigeria through education, security, amongst others then, do not go into politics. This same kidnapping issue happened along Lokoja /Kabba road some years back; I could not travel then.

“I could not understand that 30km of road cannot be policed. It just gives you a very sad impression that we are really at the mercy of the criminals. So you get ready to pay them, this is not the way to live.”

On irregular migration, the cleric noted that migration was a fundamental right of every human being, but added that it must be done in ways that would not violate the laws of the host nation.

Meanwhile, the Attahiru Bafarawa Foundation has concluded plans for a security summit to address “involvement of individuals in crime, instill a culture of law and restore public trust in security services.”

The Chairman of the foundation and former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, attributed the rising violence and criminality in the North to impunity and the failure of the government to punish the perpetrators.

He pointed out that the economy was gradually crumbling due to weak security governance, citing the high level of banditry and kidnapping in Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, Katsina and other parts of the country.

He noted that the insurgency in the North-East and the associated violence in North-West and North-Central had destroyed the socio-economic infrastructure in the regions and also made them unappealing to investors.

The former governor said, “The security situation, ineffective security governance, and social development arrangements undermine Nigeria’s ability to establish and maintain a viable economy that can sustain acceptable levels of wellbeing for the majority of its citizens particularly the young and vulnerable. Weakened governance structures further undermine the rule of law and the potential for human development.”

(The Punch)