From Idowu Abdullahi, Lagos
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian National Summit Group (NNSG), Mr Tony Uranta, has advanced reasons why the prevalent insecurity challenges, if not checkmated, can consume the country.
According to him, the dimension of the prevailing security challenges in the country demands serious attention.
He added that Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, religious or political affiliations must join hands to ensure the challenges the country was facing in terms of insecurity does not consume it.
“There is no nation without security challenges and we have had our fair share in the past, but the dimension it is taking requires serious attention and input from all otherwise the consequences if not reduced will be dire for all.
“Presenting as it is, every strata of the nation is affected, rich, poor, power brokers and all states of the federation.
“We can no longer sit and watch this go on without rising to it. There must be a way out that will compliment what security agencies are doing,” he said.
Furthermore, he called on all state governors to urgently convene stakeholders national emergency security meeting as first step on the way forward.
“No group or persons or even security agencies can have all the knowledge for tactical approach to dealing with those perpetrating these acts.
”The killings are too many. The kidnaps, robberies, rituals, fraud, have reached its peak. If we don’t act now, these people will overrun the nation and we will all be victims.
“Time to act is now. Enough is enough,” he said in a statement in Lagos.
Uranta however reiterated calls for Nigeria to be restructured as being canvassed for from different quarters in the country.
“Nigeria stands the risk of of break up if not restructured as being canvassed in different fora.,
“The NNSG in time past says that even people pretend that Nigerians are bound in a non-negotiable unity, when we have very loud secessionist agitations ongoing in at least three of Nigeria’s six zones.
“As it is now, we must stop pretending that all is well with Nigeria. We must all agree that there is a need to restructure Nigeria.
“We must ensure necessary devolution of powers, fiscal federalism and review of the many unjust laws that hold the country from attaining its maximum potentials economically, politically and socially,” he added.