By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€” ACTING President Goodluck Jonathan has been told to take urgent steps to tackle the problems of power and security in the country.
In an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Port Harcourt, a former frontline governorship candidate in the last governorship election inÂ Edo State and president, Nigerian Institute of Welding, Mr Edebiri Solomon, said the twin issues were majorÂ challenges before Nigerians at the moment.
According to him, there is hardly any day there are no reports of abductions andÂ other related crimes in the country .
â€œThe level of insecurity in the country is very alarming. There is virtually no day there is no kidnap and high way robbery. There is no security. Criminality has taken over.
â€œI think the acting president can rise to the situation and assure Nigerians of security of their lives. I am also sureÂ that, as the Commander-in-Chief, he can do this. He should use the force to guarantee lives and property.â€
The former governorship candidate enjoined the acting president to urgently tackle the problem of power in the country, noting that this would have positive effect on the economy.
Edebiri said the acting president should endeavour not to be distracted with issues like 10-point or 15-point agenda.
According to him, the above were among things that Nigerians would want to rate him on.
He also called on the acting president to ensure he delivered a credible election to the nation come 2011.
â€œHe should make sure he gives NigeriansÂ a credible election in 2011, a free and fair election. Let the votes and voices of the people count. Let them have a say on who becomes their leader.
â€œI see a divine call on him to put Nigeria on the forefront of the comity of nations. I feel these are steps he can take to win the hearts of Nigerians,â€ he said.