By Clifford Ndujihe & Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has attributed the recurring killings in most parts of the country to the failure of leadership, lamenting that the harvests of deaths were not what Nigerians voted for in 2015.
Tambuwal stated this on a day former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, described as senseless, despicable and unjustifiable, killing of innocent and defenceless Nigerians in their country by dare-devil gunmen.
Canvassing a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s security architecture, Tambuwal noted that the growing spate of mindless shedding of innocent blood, especially of policemen and other security personnel on their lawful duty posts, had brought a new dimension to the reprehensible state of insecurity in the country.
The governor, who also commiserated with families of citizens who lost their lives in the killings, said in a statement that with the killing of security agents on their duty posts, the question from every law-abiding citizen today was “who will protect us, when even those constitutionally charged with the responsibility of protecting our lives and property have, themselves, become vulnerable targets of criminals?
‘’Where shall we run to for protection, when the institutions of state put in place to protect us are being progressively dismantled by opportunistic criminality and the trained personnel are also on the run?’’
Killings unjustifiable, senseless— Shekarau
Meanwhile, former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has condemned what he described as the senseless, despicable and unjustifiable killings of innocent and defenceless Nigerians in their country.
Shekarau, who stated this while fielding questions from journalists in Owerri, also expressed shock over the inability or unwillingness of the Federal Government to take decisive steps to stop the bizarre, inhuman and unwarranted termination of the lives of Nigerians.
He said: “Nigeria is in dire need of leadership with focus, unbridled interest and love in the welfare and security of Nigerians of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.”
While expressing deep shock and grief over the current socio-economic woes and violent killings across the nation, Shekarau, however, called on Nigerians to pray for and assist families of victims of the senseless killings.
The former governor said he was optimistic that Nigeria would regain it’s lost glory as the most peaceful, progressive, united and enviable nation in Africa.
Speaking on his presidential ambition, Shekarau said he possessed credentials, contacts, ability and capability to pilot the affairs of the country to a glorious and enviable height where Nigerians would be proud to remain, work at home and ever willing to contribute to the growth and unity of the country.