Obi Identifies Poverty, Leadership Failure as Cause Of Insecurity In Nigeria.


Obi Identifies Poverty, Leadership Failure as Cause Of Insecurity In Nigeria.

Our Correspondent.

The Vice Presidential Candidate of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, in 2019 elections, Mr Peter Obi, has identified  the high level of poverty in Nigeria and failure of leadership system as the cause of  insecurity in different parts of the country.

Speaking with Journalists recently in Abuja, Obi expressed confidence that if the government can sincerely put measures in place to lift Nigerians out of poverty,  security challenges in the country will wittle down automatically.

He said that Government can change the story of Insecurity by supporting small scale businesses and creating jobs for the youth, insisting that the youths, would easily take to crime when they were living in poverty, unemployed and did not know where their next meal was coming from. 

According to Obi “But the situation can be turned around with good economic policies that will strengthen the private sector, support business growth and generate employment”, he said. 

Obi also lamented what he described as government's insincere approach to the fight against terrorism. He explained that the government indirectly encouraging banditry, kidnapping, terrorism and other serious security concerns in the country, by having round table meetings with the criminals.

"When the government begins to call bandits and kidnappers to a meeting, then the end to insecurity is probably not in sight. When people are financially rewarded by the government, and handsomely too, for criminal activities, what makes you think others will not join the business", Obi queried.

The former Governor of Anambra State advocated for establishment of security architecture in all levels of government, down to the community level.

"I support the establishment of police force at the community, state, regional and then federal levels. This will help attack insecurity at the grassroots and also give different regions the power to combat security threats in their territories", Obi added..


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