Governors of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday lamented the state of insecurity in the country and reached a conclusion that Nigeria is in dire need of leadership to forestall more disaster.
The governors, who met for their forum’s meeting in Makurdi, Benue state capital, warned that the country will slip into a failed state if the insecurity challenges linger much longer.
According to them in the communique signed and released by the chairman of the forum and governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal shortly after the meeting, the security problems are reflective of the failure of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to demonstrate sufficient capacity for governance.
Tambuwal noted that these fault lines and differences already stretched to the limit have “given rise to ethnic and tribal tensions, religious divisions, and other forms of social and political cleavages in the country.”
“The meeting noted and condemned the alarming drift of Nigeria which if allowed to continue, will make Nigeria a failed state under the watch of the All Progressives Congress, APC, government. They expressed deep concern and alarm at the deteriorating relations between various groups in Nigeria.
“The meeting was similarly alarmed that security of lives and property of Nigerians are no longer guaranteed under the present government as a result of leadership incompetence and mismanagement of the nation’s affairs,” the communique read in part.
However, they admitted they have a role to play in tackling the issue but “regret their hands are tied behind their backs as the entire coercive authority in the country is monopolised by the APC federal government.
Nonetheless, they insisted that Nigeria cannot afford another civil war.
To this end, the governors called for urgent devolution of powers and restructuring of the country in a way that brings together various groups and tendencies in the country appears to have become imperative and “timely”.
“Time has come to take advantage of the ongoing Constitution Amendment process to decentralise the security architecture of Nigeria and involve States and Local Governments.
“We call on the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission to send a new Revenue Allocation Formular that allocates more resources to States and Local Governments to Mr President for National Assembly’s action. It is a scandal that 21 years after the 1999 Constitution came into being, no new Revenue Formular is in place,” they said.
The PDP Governors Forum also condemned “the double standards that are applied by the APC-led federal government to intimidate PDP controlled states.”
“To this end, we call on Mr President to lift the so called ‘No flight Zone’ and other intimidating tactics, imposed on Zamfara State as similar measures have not been extended to similar states with security challenges like Kaduna, Borno, Katsina, Yobe and others. This is mostly politically motivated to ensure that the governors move over to APC,” they added.