It is no longer news that Nigeria is going through a turbulent period in its history. The security situation in the country has taken a tremendous hit in the last few years, and this seems to be worsening by the day.
The security agencies have not been spared either, as they have become the primary target of attacks in recent times. Groups like ‘Unknown Gunmen’ have hit police installations repeatedly, and these attacks have led to the death of some officers.
While the nation grapples with the current security challenges, various thought leaders in the country continue to share their ideas regarding ways that the nation can overcome the rising cases of insecurity, criminality, banditry, etc.
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One such thought leader is no other person than Mr Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State.
The former governor aired his opinion while speaking at the Association of Nsukka Professors’ 4th Adada Lecture that held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
During the lecture, tagged; “Restructuring, Security Challenges and Development”; Mr Peter Obi said that the only way to end the rising levels of Criminality, banditry and other forms of insecurity in the country is through restructuring
According to the former governor, the people that are opposing the idea of restructuring are those who are benefiting from the failed state of the nation.
He added that the most potent way to wage an effective war against insecurity is by putting food on the tables of the citizens of the country, lamenting that the number of poor people in Nigeria is higher than those in China and India put together.
The astute politician went on to say that since security is the most critical key performance index used in measuring the success or failure of any administration, it, therefore, means that any government that fails in the area of protecting the lives and properties of her citizen has simply failed.
The former governor explained that he has always told groups that have approached him to contest for president that he is not the solution to the problems of Nigeria.
According to him, when a car has a dare engine problem, the way out is not to be changing the drivers. In his words, the engine of Nigeria’s problem is restructuring and until it is done, things would keep going the wrong way.
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