Nigerian opposition leader rails against rising insecurity following massacres in the north central region and economic disruption in the south east
Nigerian opposition leader Peter Obi and presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) has raised alarm of the rising insecurity in a series of tweets, Thursday, which he described as a worrying development.
“The rising insecurity in the country leading to mindless bloodletting, particularly in the North Central zone of the country, and the continued disruption of business and social activities in the South East are all becoming very worrisome.”
He noted the recent massacres in the north central zones and the separatist agitation in his south east home region.
“The violent attacks in the North Central states of Benue and Plateau lately took a new twist with high records of kidnapping, arson, and loss of human lives. According to the 1st Quarter Mass Atrocities Casualty Tracking Report, over 1230 Nigerians were killed.” Obi tweeted lamenting the over 1230 killed since the conclusion of the contested February 25 presidential election which he seeks to overturn in court.
He added that 79 security operatives have been killed with over 600 abductions alone and with killings in the north central and north west zones the casualties were more than the recorded deaths in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Obi also accused the security agencies of not being robust enough to defend innocent civilians. “It’s unacceptable that hundreds of innocent lives will continue to be wasted in Nigeria needlessly through communal clashes, bandits, and kidnapping activities. The situation in the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau states has raised a lot of anxiety because of the number of lives and properties lost with very little resistance from security operatives.”
The LP presidential candidate also described as criminal the continued sit at home protest mandated by the south east region separatists.
“Also disturbing is the continued disruption of business and social activities in the South East region over the Sit-at-Home directive purported to be coming from the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, when the body has publicly denied issuing such directive. What is going on in the South East therefore is essentially a criminal activity that must be nipped in the bud, with all hands being on deck, security agencies, and the people alike.”
He called on traditional rulers, Christian and Muslim leaders to seek peace and dialogue in their communities while he said the government local, state and federal should urgently tackle poverty and youth unemployment.
“The provision of stomach infrastructure is the surer way to tackle insecurity.” Obi stated.
“Also, urgent steps should be taken consciously and intentionally to ameliorate the hardship of the people.” He cautioned.
Akowe reports from Lagos