Insecurity: Women’s group tasks government for solution
A faith-based group, Mothers of the Nations Organisations for Peace and Development, led by its President, Bishop Priscilla Otuya, has called on the government to rise to the challenges of insecurity in the nation before the situation gets to a state of anarchy.
Addressing the media this week at Lekki, Lagos, the organization, which said it has come to the time for the voice of women to be heard, bemoaned the level of insecurity in Nigeria, adding that it has become very difficult to travel to any part of the country due to the fear of being attacked, kidnapped or even killed.
To make it worse, they said while Fulani herdsmen go about with sophisticated guns, the ordinary Nigerian has no right to carry arms, living him at the mercy of the herdsmen. She added that government has not only been encouraging RUGA, with a view to creating ranches for herdsmen across the country but also talking of giving strangers freedom and license to operate as they like in a nation that does not originally belong to them, a move any serious nation will never make.
She called on the President and leaders in the nation to have listening ears to the cries of the people as the blood of the slain is crying. She added that the hungry and homeless are also crying, warning leaders to avert the impending danger by making sure that the rights and privileges of the poor are upheld.
“It is no longer news that it is women and children that suffer most in crisis situations, what is news is that the unfolding situations in Nigeria can no longer be ignored as we wake up every morning with stories of gory events staring us in the face with no one sure of tomorrow anymore,” Otuya lamented.
Otuya said the organization as women of faith has been mandated to speak for the majority of voiceless women and their children who cannot speak for themselves since this country belongs to them too and to everyone, irrespective of tribe and tongue.
She called on all women to rise up like Deborah in the Bible and save the country.