By Suzan Edeh & Ifunanya Okafor
Bauchi—An Elder statesman and First Republic Minister of Mines and Power, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, has blamed the current security challenges facing the country, particularly in the North East, where Boko Haram insurgency has claimed thousands of lives, on social injustice.
Sule, who is the Danmasanin Kano spoke, yesterday, in Bauchi, Bauchi State, during a lecture to mark the 36th Anniversary of the Bauchi State Radio Corporation.
Speaking on the theme, “Nigeria’s Centenary Euphoria: A catalyst for a united Nigeria,” he said the current crisis bedevilling the country was not new, as the country had been witnessing series of crises since its amalgamation in 1914.
This was even as renowned security expert, Dr. Ona Ekhomu has commended northern political leaders for supporting the war on the Boko Haram terrorists at last.
Ehkomu said that the support of northern political elite was necessary to create a synergy in the successful prosecution of the war against terror.
However, Alhaji Sule traced insecurity in the country to injustice inherited from the colonial masters by the country’s leadership.
According to him, the amalgamation of Nigeria was a blessing rather than a curse, stressing that the only solution to the current state of insecurity in the country was for the leaders to promote social justice to all irrespective of religion, ethnicity, gender or political affiliation.
“As the situation is now, we should not point accusing fingers at anybody. The question we should ask ourselves is what is wrong and not who is wrong because in the past, we had so many crises and we were able to overcome them irrespective of our differences.
“I believe God brought us together for a purpose. We have to unite, love one another and live in peace. I have a feeling that Nigeria will not break up in spite of the current crisis,” he added.
Sule, therefore, appealed to the leaders to put their differences behind and come together to enable them work for the peace and development of the country through promotion of social justice.
“Our leaders should be leaders and not looters, they should be leaders who are compatriots and not leaders for a privileged few. They should not be leaders who will perpetuate themselves in office but leaders who will be elected by the people,” he further said.
Earlier in his remarks, Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, had observed that some politicians had turned politics into enterprises, adding that “you cannot be a leader as well as a businessman, you must choose one. We must all work to bring a lasting solution to the problem of insecurity in our region.
“Nobody will invest in a place where there is insecurity, so we must work to salvage the situation because if the present trend in the North East continues, we will end up in starvation,” he said.
Meanwhile, reacting to the recent deadly attacks on Izge Community in Gwoza LGA and Kondugha town in Borno State that claimed over 200 lives, Ekhomu commended the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima for acknowledging that the Boko Haram attacks had reached a “state of war”.
Ekhomu, who is President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, AISSON, also praised the statement by the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Dr Babangida Aliyu that Boko Haram activities had gone beyond the traditional pattern of attacks and urged northern leaders to be “frank and refrain from partisanship” in discussing the issue.