The Guild of Public Affairs Analysts of Nigeria (GPAAN) has condemned the heightened insecurity across the country. Arising from an emergency meeting today, GPAAN, a non-governmental organization known for its demands for good governance and peace expressed worries over the incessant killings of innocent Nigerians across the land. GPAAN also denounced the frequent kidnappings of Nigerians for ransom which is fast becoming a bourgeoning “business” in the country.
The President of GPAAN, Mr. Ayo Baje and other members of the Guild also expressed deep shock over the untimely exit of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, and other innocent Nigerians who departed the country through the vicious acts of hardened criminals. GPAAN regretted that movement from one part of the country to another was no longer safe.
The time for wailing and lamentations without proffering solutions is over. As part of solutions to the growing insecurity in the land, we disagree with the proposed deployments of security agents along selected expressways as security agents already mounting roadblocks along some selected roads. Rather than, we call on the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari to urgently rejigger the security architecture by retiring the Service Chiefs and appointing new Service Chiefs. The current Service Chiefs have contributed their best towards ensuring security and peace in the land. New Service Chiefs should therefore be appointed without further delay so that fresh blood and new ideas can be injected into the security system. A new set of Service Chiefs might spring surprises and give the country security and peace it craves.
Again, we appeal to Mr. President to order the Air Force to identify the forests along the Benin-Ore Expressway, East-West Expressway, Akure-Ekiti Expressway, Ilesan-Ondo Expressway, Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, Kogi-Abuja Expressway etc. were kidnappings are incessantly carried out, and be bombed just as Odi, Gbaramatun and Ikorodu communities were bombed when criminality was in its height and peace was restored to those places.
We cannot continue to lose our citizenry to criminals as nobody knows the next victim. This is why it is imperative to take the above mentioned measures. A stitch a time they say, saves nine. It is time to act.