Dominant Political Parties at loggerheads over tackling Insecurity
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday disagreed with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on its approach to upholding law and order in the nation.
Maintaining that the current strategies in place by the Buhari-led administration to sustain national peace would certainly fetch the desired result in a statement made by the APC spokesman, Malam Lanre Issa -Onilu, the PDP counterpart, Mr. Osita Chidoka reiterated the need for a nationwide restructuring of the security apparatus to efficiently tackle security challenges.
These ideas were aired during the inaugural session of the Nigerian Political Parties Discussion Series (NPPDS) organized by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in conjunction with OSIFA, held in Abuja on Tuesday.
Warning the opposition against politicization of security affairs, the APC argued that the administration had made tremendous strides in tackling issues ranging from insurgency, to the activities of militants in the Niger Delta region, the farmers-herders clashes and to other violent crimes in the polity since 2015.
The APC spokesman, asking the media to exercise restraint in the projection of security issues, cited the Ogoni land clean up and the groping activities of oil companies in the Niger Delta region, giving rise to a boost in foreign exchange, as an indication of the gains recorded during the evaluation period.
Emphasizing that increased poverty was associated with the PDP- led administration during its 16 years of leadership, it blamed the opposition for the activities of bandits and kidnappers in the North-west political zone, restating that the President’s decision to re-equip and re-train security personnel were aimed at tackling insecurity in the country.
The PDP Spokesperson lamenting the poor budgetary provisions to security outfits promised improved funding and deployment of modern gadgets to security outfits, assuring that under the Atiku Abubakar-led administration, the country’s security apparatus would be restructured in a manner that there would be community policing where states would play active role in funding security outfits in the country.
The PDP spokesperson also reassured Nigerians of strict adherence to the federal character principle in the recruitment of security personnel, using merit and competence as watchwords.