Dr Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti, and the Chairman, Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF), has stated that the security situation in the country requires concerted effort to address it.
Fayemi made this known on Tuesday, October 12, in Ibadan, while delivering the seventh lecture series to mark the 2021 annual birthday ceremony of Chief Babatunde Oduyoye, the Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Political Affairs.
The theme of the lecture was: “Security and National Unity in Difficult Times” held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
The NGF chairman said there was no further evidence to prove that Nigerians were all concerned; about the security situation “than the fact that security is a major item of discourse in most national gatherings”.
According to him, whether in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, National Executive Council, or National Assembly, media chats; among others, security remains on top of the chart.
Fayemi said that Nigeria had shown tremendous resilience in confronting these challenges.
The governor of Ekiti said the present situation in the country didn’t warrant politics of blame as well as opportunistic opposition; but “it is time to build a nation and not to fritter it away”.
He said: “The political class needed to fashion out a new way of communicating their politics; beyond the now obnoxious resort to ethnic jingoism, sectarian and divisive rhetoric.
“This nation is in need of patriotic statesmen and women and not rumour mongers; ethnic crisis entrepreneurs; provincial men of little minds who see everything from the prism of ethnic and religious conspiracy.
“It is time we started a new conversation about our national development, peace, and prosperity.
“There should be an elite consensus on what is the minimum irreducible and acceptable standard of public conduct; but taking due cognisance that peace can only come on the platter of fairness and justice.”
Fayemi also urged the leaders to unite in the face of the evil merchants; who have no respect for children, old age, women, clergy, or traditional authorities.
“In addition, there are two things that we need to address quickly to bring the current wave of insecurity to a halt.
“We need to have a conversation on how we can recruit a large number of people to join the police and the military; even on a short service or otherwise.
“By available statistics, we need a minimum of 200,000 personnel to boost the fighting power of our men.
“This number is very large and a potential financial and logistic nightmare, yet we cannot delay any further.
“The ungoverned spaces needed to be closed up quickly by motivated men with the singular objective to save the nation.
“That takes us to the number two issue of financing and arming large recruitment,” he said.