Minister asks traditional rulers to intervene in ensuring peace.
The Minister of Interior, Patrick Abba-Moro, has expressed concern over pervasive insecurity across Nigeria. He accused politicians of being responsible for the nation’s incessant unrest by heating up the polity for their selfish interests.
Mr. Abba-Moro said this on Thursday in Abeokuta when he paid a courtesy call on the Alake of Egbaland, Adedotun Gbadebo, at the Oba’s palace.
The minister appealed to traditional rulers in the country to intervene, to bring some level of order to politics in Nigeria and to governance in the country.
“The attitude of the Nigerian politicians – to play politics all year round – is having a negative effect on the development of this country,” he lamented. “The world over, one of the tenets of democracy is that party politics takes place prior to election. After election, it is governance. And governance ordinarily is supposed to be for everybody irrespective of party affiliation. But today, our politicians have thrown decency to the dogs and make pronouncements that shake the very foundation of this country. This is not patriotism. This is not nationalism.”
He said that certain events unfolding in Nigeria were alien to our country.
“Today, we are confronted with militancy in the South, insurgency that have assumed the dimension of terrorism in the North-East, conflicts, communal clashes. And so, from one part of the country to the other, we have stories of challenges to the very foundation of this country. This is not in line with the dreams of our founding fathers,” he said.
He said that the most worrisome of the challenges Nigeria faced today was the activities of politicians. He noted that while government was taking deliberate steps to contain the insurgency and insecurity, some of the activities and pronouncements of politicians were unsettling to the public.
“Nigeria requires peace. Nigeria as a diverse country requires harmony. It is only in peace and harmony that development can take place.” he said. “We are gradually withdrawing from the core values of those things that bind us together as one unified country. I make this appeal because as a royal father, you have the responsibility to call your children to order when they are derailing and deviating.”
Mr. Abba-Moro said people should respect constituted authorities so that government would be encouraged to do more for the citizens.
The Minister, who had earlier commissioned the administrative block and staff quarters of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Abeokuta before visiting the Alake said for the corps to discharge its function effectively it required training and re-training of officers and men.
He disclosed that government had designed a programme of constructing training institutes within security agencies.