Written by Elizabeth OFFIONG

Dickson: Killings greatest threat to Nigeria

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has described the current spate of violence and senseless killings, particularly in the Northern part of the country, as the biggest threat to the nation’s corporate existence, since after the civil war.

He faulted the nation’s lopsided federal structure, over-centralisation and politicisation of law and order as threats to contemporary governance in Nigeria. 

In statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Deacon Francis Ottah Agbo, the governor who spoke on Friday in Abuja while delivering a lecture entitled: "Cultural Values, National Security and Challenges of Contemporary Governance: Perspective From Bayelsa State Experience”, organised by Institute of Security Studies, ISS, condemned the recent killings and warned that the country would cease to have a future if President Muhammadu Buhari fails to urgently mobilise Nigerians to build a non-partisan consensus to avert the nationwide senseless killings.

He lamented that politicians were using the security structures of the country to torment innocent citizens for their selfish ends and by so doing, causing national insecurity and instability.

Dickson said, "It is very clear that Nigeria's lopsided federal system and over centralisation of security powers and the politicisation of security by several agencies are a major clause of instability and poses a threat to National stability.

"I was talking the politics of insecurity and the insecurity of politics occasioned by the abuse of Nigeria's federal system and the ease at which those who control powers at the federal level undermine law and order in parts of our country and make it difficult for our citizens to feel safe and to feel protected under the law.

"When you correct this abuse of federal system, the governor of Benue and Taraba will be in the position to mobilise the security resources of their states... I remember the governor of Zamfara said he didn't want to be addressed as the Chief Security Officer of the state".

The governor added that although the military has made appreciable progress in its fight against Book Haram, recent events in the country shows that the war against terrorism was far from over.

Dickson, however, said that in spite of the contemporary security challenge facing Nigeria, the country has the potential of becoming country of great capability.

“In spite of these challenges, we believe that a new Nigeria of peace and stability, equal citizens and egalitarian Nigeria is still possible. From the north to the south, east to the west, God in His mercy and wisdom has given us everything to be great”, he stressed.

 

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