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Critics are not Nigeria’s Enemies – Markafi to FG

Senator Ahmed Markarfi, an ex-Governor of Kaduna State, has advised the regime of the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari and the various state governments against treating genuine critics as perceived enemies.

Makarfi in his statement, also cautioned Nigerians against allowing their emotions to push them into abrupt, unguarded utterances the security challenges in the country.

The Ex-Governor stated “This could be a recipe for loss of focus “which ultimately leads to doom.”

Makarfi argued that ultimatum and counter ultimatum to Nigerians living in various parts of the country is not a solution to the insecurity challenges ravaging the country.

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He noted that Nigerians possess the civic right to raise their voices against criminality perpetrated by individuals or group(s) “while leaders must rise above sentiments and emotions” to handle the situation accordingly.

He also said that if these security traits are not sorted out, Investors, both foreign and local will not be able to pitch tents and as such could be detrimental to the economy of the country.

Makarfi, in one of his statements titled ‘Tackling the current security challenges and the need for caution,’ authored and released by him in Kaduna stated these on Tuesday.

The ex-Governor and former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), expressed his concern over the rate of high insecurity, stating that his utmost concern and fear, is the rate at which security breakdown is happening in most parts of the country.

He also said that all hands must be on deck both Political leaders and the masses, to ensure that security challenges are resolved once and for all, Including but not limited to tackling banditry, kidnapping and other related crimes.

He went further to say that authorities should initiate the movement for security and also provision and empowering of all force personnel, should be paramount.

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“We, the led, must also realise that we have a great part to play to ease the burden on the government. And this we can all do by coming together, setting aside all differences, which could be political, religious, tribal, geographical and any other, to launch a massive onslaught on this monster, which does not discriminate on who, where and when it attacks.

“A situation wherein we allow emotions to becloud our decision-making faculties, leading to unspeakable remarks by some of us from all parts of the country who ordinarily ought to have known better is a recipe for loss of focus, which ultimately leads to doom.

” I, therefore, call on all of us, the leaders and the led, to put on our thinking caps and realise that we are all in this mess together and it takes the coming together of all of us to get out of it.

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“All of us, across all the partisan and other divides must also guard against the temptation to politicise the issue of security. We must realise that we have to have a country before we can play politics.

Leaders, political, religious, traditional, socio-cultural and others must also be smart and guard their utterances and actions, as the handling of some of the issues arising from some of the problems requires sensitivity, delicate balancing as well as the capacity to operate above the fray.

“It is in this light that I consider the issuance of ultimatums and counter-ultimatums to Nigerians living in various parts of the country by leaders and cultural groups across the divides as counterproductive and a far cry from the real solution to the problem.

“This is not to say, however, that agitations against criminal elements are to be ignored.”

People have the legitimate right to raise their voices against criminality perpetrated by anybody or group, while leaders must rise above sentiments and emotions by looking more broadly and more holistically at issues and their pros and cons, in order to ensure justice to all. “I welcome the statement by the Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum to the effect that no ultimatum has been given to anybody by any Governor.

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