Two former presidents – Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) – Sunday canvassed for dialogue between government and “all armed belligerents” to check the spate of insecurity in the country, suggesting that the security challenges in the country should be addressed from the grassroots level.
The duo, who decried the wanton destruction of lives and property in the country arising from the activities of terrorists and other criminals, said no nation could develop with rising insecurity. They advocated, in a joint statement, concerted efforts by all tiers of government to promote genuine constructive engagement as a panacea for resolving the current security challenges. They said unless constructive dialogue is embarked on, the gains of the country’s founding fathers would be in vain.
According to Obasanjo and Babangida, “Internecine crises are raging across the land unabated with damaging consequences on the social, political and economic life of the nation. And in the process, untold hardships are being visited on all citizens in one form or another on a daily basis. “The loss of innocent lives being experienced by the day across the nation is simply unbearable. Currently, the nation is gripped by a regime of fear and uncertainty that virtually all citizens have difficulties going about their normal day-to-day lives without great anxiety and trepidation. This cannot be allowed to continue!” … – http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obasanjo-babangida-prescribe-grassroots-solution-to-insecurity/121142/