Elders statesmen and leaders of socio-cultural organisations on Monday have implored the Federal Government to provide lasting solution to the problem of insecurity confronting the country.
The elder statesmen including Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, made this appeal in Abuja at a retreat on inclusive security championed by the Global Peace Foundation in collaboration with Vision Africa.
In his comment, Obasanjo said political will must be matched with political action to provide solution to the issue of insecurity ravaging the country.
He stressed that military actions is not enough to effectively end insecurity, adding that government must adopt the carrot and stick approach in tackling Nigeria’s security issues.
He said, “People talk of political will, but I talk of political action. Political will is not enough. It must be matched by political action.
“The problem of insurgency will not go away if all we are using is the ‘stick’ (military action). We may suppress it, and keep it down a bit, but we have to use ‘carrot and stick’ together to effectively tackle the problems.”
While assessing the insecurity in the country, Sultan of Sokoto said all was not well with the nation.
He also said that lives should be considered sacred.
He said, “As leaders, we must always look at one thing, let us serve humanity first. So, we must stop politicising insecurity.
“It’s unfortunate that this is what we are seeing across the land. Parties are accusing one another of not doing enough to tackle insecurity. I think that is the major problem we have been facing in the country.
“I want to say there is hope in finding solutions to the numerous problems facing us, because I know all of us here believe and identify that we have problems. To know you have a problem is to have half of the solution. And the other half we are looking for can come from this kind of gathering, if we are circumspect and talk to each other with honesty and sincerity as we discuss in efforts to bring peace and stability to our country.
“Peace is the most important aspect of our lives because without peace, you just can’t do anything. All is not well with our country, and I think this forum is very important.”