A former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Executive Director, Maritime Labour, and Cabotage, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Barrister Victor Ochei, has said the federal government is working tirelessly to tackle insecurity in the nation and therefore needs support.
Ochei stated this while speaking with journalists in Asaba regarding security issues in the country. According to him, Nigeria should not be described as a failed state despite the security challenges.
He noted that a nation could only be interpreted as “a failed state” when the legal tender is ineffective and with a complete breakdown of law and order. He argued that such was not the case in Nigeria’s situation.
Although he accepted that a lot needs to be done in fighting insecurity in the country, Ochei commended the efforts put in by the Buhari led administration and urged him to do more.
He said it was the right thing to do by giving his stand on the clamor to replace service chiefs. Ochei noted that by employing new strategies to fight insecurity, success would be achieved as the new blood will inject unique ideas into the system.
He noted, however, that security challenges were not peculiar to Nigeria. According to him, every nation of the world has its distinctive security challenges. He said the issue of kidnapping, insurgency, and armed robbery did not emanate from the Buhari’s led administration.
The former speaker pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with the present administration, explaining that it will take time to rebuild sanity to a country whose resources have been raided over the years by some corrupt Nigerians.
He expressed optimism that the country’s current insecurity will be abated, saying all that is needed is patience and understanding, and support from all stakeholders and Nigerians, especially those from the affected zones. By this act, the security issues threatening Nigeria’s peaceful co-existence will be won.
Ochei further commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his resilience and commitment. Strengthening the institutions and making Nigeria a progressive and safer country, he assured that the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency was irrevocably committed to making the coastal waters safe.
He said the agency collaborated with neighboring countries to secure the seas to enhance shipping and other maritime activities.