Niger State Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu has warned that the country could disintegrate by 2015 if the government continues to treat acts of treason and terrorism with “kid gloves”. He asked Nigerians to stop politicising treason and terrorism as the future of the country was at stake. Aliyu was speaking at two different fora in Minna Sunday while playing host to Niger State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Elders Council and members of the House of Representatives from the state.
He said: “We have to work to solve the present security situation in the country. We cannot only depend on prayers without work. Most countries at peace today did not achieve it through prayers or else, we will gradually work ourselves towards the projection that Nigeria will disintegrate by 2015.” He cited cases of a Boko Haram spokesman who was arrested and jailed for only three years “for misdemeanour” and Pastor Tunde Bakare who called for regime change. He also referred to a presidential candidate in the last elections who stated that the country would be ungovernable if he failed to win.
Aliyu lamented that no actions had been taken against them, adding that government’s attitude was increasing terrorist and treasonable statements in the land. “People don’t want to tell the truth. If we are all able to come out and handle things the way they should be handled, we would have nipped everything in the bud.