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Insecurity: Stop blaming Buhari, Uzodinma tells opposition

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Senator Hope Uzodimma

Worried by what he describes as undue politicization of the security situation in the country, chairman of Southern Senators’ Forum, Hope Uzodinma has advocated a bi-partisan and collaborative approach among all stakeholders in Nigeria towards addressing the issue.

While acknowledging that it is the responsibility of government to provide adequate security for lives and property, he said the citizens themselves have a critical role to play to ensure the realization of a safe country.

In a statement issued yesterday, Uzodinma who flew the APC flag in the just concluded governorship election in Imo State said it was unpatriotic for politicians to make political capital out of the entire security situation in the country. Noting that security is the collective responsibility of all citizens while the leadership provides the resources, he appealed to his colleagues to provide leadership in evolving more effective means of tackling security.

He also advocated the active involvement of traditional and religious leaders and other various stakeholders in the quest to identify and repress the sources of insecurity starting from the community level. He said because security forces do not operate in a vacuum, it behooves on the citizenry led by the leaders in every community to provide them the necessary intelligence required to confront both the bandits, kidnappers and even terrorists.

He applauded the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed for his open mindedness in engaging the senate and other stakeholders on the security issues, and called on other service chiefs to take a similar step. He appealed to all Nigerians to take the issue of security seriously as it is being done globally so that it will be easier for government to combat the menace.


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