BY DEMOLA AKINYEMI
ILORIN – As the nation mourns the death of no fewer than 36 persons in a Christmas day bomb blasts in Plateau and Niger States respectively, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and former Nigerian ambassador to Ivory Coast Alhaji A. G. F. Abdulrazaq has tasked the Federal Government to do something urgent about the insurgence of the Boko Haram before it is too late.
Abdulrazaq who noted that the activities of the sect have become a serious embarrassment to the nation lamented that while the activities of the Niger Delta militants are subsiding , those of Boko Haram are escalating.
The former ambassador who made this submission in a paper he presented at the 46th conference of Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union, IEDPU, observed that “no day passes without the newspapers reporting an incident or two of bombing in some parts of the country, especially the Northern part “.
Explaining that members of the Boko Haram sects might be Muslims or even fundamentalists, he however argued that it was clear that they were not pursuing an Islamic agenda.
On the planned removal of the petroleum subsidy, Abdulrazaq said: “On the issue of national security, I want to appeal to the Federal Government to re-examine its plan to deregulate the down stream sector through subsidy removal.
As at now, not many Nigerians are clear about the government’s intention in this regard. Maybe, what is needed is more sensitization of the people if indeed, as we are told, the policy is meant to benefit the common man.
At the home front, Abdulrazaq charged the leaders of IEDPU to organise a comprehensive national summit of stakeholders of Ilorin to work out a new road map for the ancient city.