By Sam Eyoboka
LAGOS—IMMEDIATE past Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence Sunday Ola Makinde, Thursday, restated his call for the total overhaul of the nation’s security architecture, arguing that it has become obvious that the nation may not be able to cope with any external aggression with the current state of security.
Responding to the renewed crisis in Plateau State that has left over 200 innocent Nigerians dead, Makinde, who is currently on vacation in London, said it leaves a sour taste in the mouth that the Plateau would be engulfed in another crisis.
His words: “If the current APC government has not seen the far-reaching recommendations on how to settle the indigene and settler crisis in the Plateau, they should reach out to some of us who were members of that committee. I still have a copy of the recommendations to the then President Obasanjo on the matter.”
Lamenting the spate of security challenges in different parts of the country, the cleric said: “I can tell you here now that I align myself with the position of Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd) that there are moles in the nation’s architecture. If the nation’s security outfit cannot readily arrest the current local crisis, what will be the fate of the nation when we are faced with an external attack?
“It’s disheartening that a nation perceived to be a continental giant cannot rise above internal aggression and put a stop to an unending orgy of bloodshed, what if any neighbouring nation dares to attack us? I cannot blame the government for the current crisis; instead, I will rather hold the security chiefs responsible and therefore recommend that they are changed.”
“It is long overdue. Several well-meaning Nigerians including security experts have made similar recommendations in the past and I beseech the Buhari government to hearken to the voice of reason and change his security chiefs and bring on young persons with fresh ideas to tackle the security challenges.”