The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has stated that the high level of poverty in Nigeria coupled with the failure of leadership, had continued to encourage insecurity in several parts of the nation.
Obi, who spoke to journalists in Abuja, expressed hope that if the federal government could sincerely put measures in place to raise Nigerians out of poverty, by supporting small scale businesses and creating jobs for the youth, security challenges in the nation would reduce automatically.
He stated people, particularly youths, would simply take to crime after they have been living in poverty, unemployed and didn’t know where their next meal was coming from. “However the situation could be rotated with good economic policies that can strengthen the personal sector, help enterprise growth and generate employment,” he stated.
Obi additionally lamented what he described as the government’s insincere method in the fight against terrorism. He alleged that the federal government did not directly inspire banditry, kidnapping, terrorism and other serious security concerns in the nation, by having roundtable meetings with the criminals.
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“When the federal government begins to call bandits and kidnappers to a gathering, then the end to insecurity is probably not in sight. When people are financially rewarded by the government, and handsomely too, for criminal activities, what makes you think others won’t be a part of the business,” Obi noted.
The former governor of Anambra State advocated for the establishment of security structure in all levels of government, all the way down to the community level.
“I support the establishment of the police force on the community, state, regional after which federal levels. This may assist attack insecurity at the grassroots and likewise give different areas the ability to fight security threats of their territories,” Obi stated.