From Adeola Afolabi
Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi is asking the administration of president Bola Tinubu to stop all foreign trips for officials until security in the country is fixed describing it as “the ugly situation facing us at home.”
The former governor of Anambra state said on the social media platform X that the security situation in the country is a cause for concern.
This is coming as bandits and kidnappers seem to have taken over the country especially at the turn of the year in the federal capital city Abuja.
Obi said: “As terror attacks, banditry, kidnappings and violence continue to rage through the country, it is more concerning now with the surge of violence spreading through the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“It is now time for we the leaders, to take all forms of serious measures to tackle the situation. It is unfortunate that President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015, campaigned and won the elections on three items; Security, Economy and Corruption (SEC).
“After his eight years in office, the situation has worsened in all three areas. The present administration, on assuming office, promised to deal decisively with the same situation — Security, Economy and Corruption.
“At the Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association held in Lagos in August 2022, the then Vice Presidential Candidate, Sen Kashim Shettima categorically stated that if APC is elected, he as Vice President would be in charge of security, while the President as an expert in economy would handle the economy.
“Nigerians therefore now implore them to fulfill their campaign promises. Even if they do not achieve 100% results, we want to see 100% effort.”
The opposition leader also addressed the issue of foreign investment saying no foreign investor or partner would want to make an investment in Nigeria with the current security situation in the country.
“It is now time to stop all forms of foreign trips from people in government, until we deal with the ugly situation facing us at home. No foreign investor or partner will like to invest in Nigeria, with the situation we now find ourselves in.
“We must make sincere efforts to end the spread of violence and insecurity in our nation, in order to make any meaningful progress,” Obi said.