Ahead of the 2023 general election, a former Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr Joe Abah, has said the next President of the country must whip banditry and insurgency.
He stated this while speaking at a Platform: A Better Nigeria Is Possible organised by Covenant Christian Centre to mark Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary on Saturday.
In the past ten years, thousands of Nigerians have been displaced as a result of attacks by terrorists and bandits in the country’s northwestern, northcentral, and north eastern regions. Numerous people have also been killed by “unknown shooters” in Southern Nigeria.
The marauders have persisted in carrying out deadly attacks on military and worship facilities despite repeated efforts by the Federal Government and security agencies. These attacks result in the deaths of innocent civilians, kidnappings for ransom, and food looting.
Decrying the killings in the country, Abah said “The first thing the new Eze Wazobia (Nigeria’s President) must do is to stop the bloodshed. He must ruthlessly crush the insurgents, the bandits and the unknown gunmen,” he said.
“He has the technology and the secret service know-how to do so. If he doesn’t, he must urgently get them. He should seek the help of other kingdoms where necessary. He must have the courage to grind them into dust without thinking about any second term.
“The current Eze finally has started to motivate our young warriors, they are willing and patriotic. Let us also pause briefly to appreciate the sacrifice they make on a daily basis on behalf of everyone.”
By May 29, 2023, President Muhammadu Buhari, 79, will have served the maximum two terms permitted by the constitution and is scheduled to hand over office to his successor.
The race to succeed Buhari as president is now heated up, and many Nigerians have already obtained their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in advance of the elections scheduled for next February.
Among them are Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and their counterpart Atiku Abubakar in the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)