February 15, 2024

Insecurity, poverty can’t be tackled overnight —  Igboho tells Sultan

Naira scarcity: Aggrieved Nigerians may revolt against leaders soon - Sultan

…says Tinubu’s measures to address inflation, high foodstuff prices’ll yield soon

By Adeola Badru, Ibadan

The Yoruba nation activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has told the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, that the nation’s twin challenges of insecurity and poverty cannot be tackled overnight.

He also contended that relevant stakeholders in governance, economy, security and other critical sectors cannot help but agree that the country’s hydra-headed insecurity problem spanning decades and socioeconomic problems must be confronted and surmounted for Nigeria to achieve peace and development.

In a personally signed statement forwarded to journalists, Adeyemo, who reacted to the position of the Sultan of Sokoto on the prevalent hardship and spate of insecurity in some parts of the country, said President Bola Tinubu’s administration should be allowed to work out solutions capable of addressing the situation.

It will be recalled that Abubakar, in his capacity as the chairman, Northern Traditional Rulers’ Council, declared during the sixth executive meeting of the council in Area House, Kaduna, on Wednesday that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder, considering poverty, hardship and ravaging insecurity plaguing the nation.

He charged the Federal Government to take action in order to mitigate the suffering of the masses, who he said are hungry and angry about their condition.

However, Adeyemo, while observing that “the Sultan’s position on the current state of the nation was not out of place, maintained that the blame for the bad economy, perennial insecurity problem, food inflation, unemployment and youth restiveness should not be heaped on Tinubu’s administration, which is just about eight months old.”

The statement reads, “It is important for our leaders at all levels, be they religious or traditional, to demonstrate commitment to bring solutions to the table at this crucial point in our history. Our problems as a nation are foundational.”

“Nigeria had been in a precarious state in terms of bad governance, a poor economy, terrorism, insecurity, and irresponsive leadership for decades. I believe that the Federal Government is not unconcerned about the plight of the people and has taken steps to remedy the situation.”

“While we cannot gloss over the incessant attacks by rampaging herdsmen on farmlands across Nigeria, most especially during the immediate past regime of former President Muhammadu Buhari;

“Thus forcing thousands of farmers to abandon farm settlements, it is thoughtful to say that the effect of farmers’ and herders clashes, leading to killings, destruction of farms, has been devastating on food production and the agriculture value chain.”

“This worrisome development has been one of the major causes of food insecurity and the increase in prices of food items and commodities. We need to allow the incumbent administration to explore all measures being deployed to address inflation, foreign exchange issues, and exorbitant food prices, which will soon yield results.

“The recent decision by the government to deploy troops for the protection of farmers against herders’ attacks, which are negatively affecting harvest and food productivity, will further boost the confidence of peasant farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs to return to farms.

“Also, the plan to set up the National Commodity Board will checkmate escalating food inflation,” the statement concluded.