The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has condemned the state of insecurity in Nigeria.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Obi said that the rising insecurity in the country is leading to “mindless bloodletting” and “severe economic loss.”
In his tweet, Obi highlighted the gravity of these issues, emphasizing their detrimental impact on Nigeria’s already fragile economy.
“The rising insecurity in the country leading to mindless bloodletting, particularly in the North Central zone of the country, and the continued disruption of business and social activities in the South East are all becoming very worrisome,” Obi’s tweet read.
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Obi went on to express his distress regarding the recent wave of violent attacks in the north-central states of Benue and Plateau. He cited a 1st Quarter Mass Atrocities Casualty Tracking Report, revealing that over 1,230 Nigerians, including 79 security operatives, lost their lives to kidnapping, arson, and other acts of violence.
Additionally, more than 600 abductions were reported in the first quarter of this year alone. Obi expressed concern that the current death toll surpasses even the casualties recorded in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Obi urged security agencies to take necessary and quick steps to arrest the ugly incidents and said that the country cannot just spill the blood of innocent citizens. He also called on critical stakeholders in the affected areas, including traditional, Christian, and Muslim leaders, to continue pushing for peace among their people.
Contrary to criticisms claiming his indifference towards insurgent groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), he called for an end to the disruption of businesses and urged Eastern state governors to intervene by engaging other key stakeholders in finding a solution to the crisis.
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Obi also said that the various governments at all levels should take deliberate steps to address the issue of poverty and youth unemployment, as the provision of stomach infrastructure is the surer way to tackle insecurity. He also urged them to take urgent steps to ameliorate the hardships of the people.
Obi’s comments come at a time when Nigeria is facing a growing security crisis. In recent months, there have been a number of high-profile attacks, including the kidnapping of schoolchildren in Kaduna and the killing of farmers in Benue. The situation has led to widespread fear and anxiety among the population.
The rising insecurity in the country leading to mindless bloodletting, particularly in the North Central zone of the country, and the continued disruption of business and social activities in the South East are all becoming very worrisome.— Peter Obi (@PeterObi) July 13, 2023