From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
Elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has warned that Nigeria’s security problem has gone beyond experimenting with who heads the various security apparatus just as he called on government to expedite action to arrest the situation.
Iwuanyanwu, who spoke to Daily Sun in Owerri, yesterday, against the backdrop of recent appointment of new service chiefs, pointed out that except government change its tactics, it can never subdue Boko Haram and bandits increasingly terrorising the country.
“I want to take this opportunity to advise this government again, the war they are fighting, the way they are fighting that war, they cannot win. They have changed service chiefs, they are not going to do any miracle because this Boko Haram has infiltrated the communities, they convince them that they can provide their needs, some of the natives are with them.
“What we completely require is to completely restructure the country, restructure the security, restructure the economy, restructure the governance, Nigeria should have a federal police, State and local government police.
“If they have this arrangement in the North East, they would have engaged this people when they came in. Their plan is to conquer the whole Nigeria. What they did in Benue is a clear evidence of what they can do. I think we should come together and solve our problem instead of blaming one another,” Iwuanyanwu said.
He also condemned the northern governors blaming South East governor and their leaders as problems behind insecurity in Nigeria.
“Northern governors meeting and warning South East governors and their leaders is not acceptable. The issue is that this people have put the country in a mess. Boko Haram is the problem we have today, I don’t know why they should blame South East leaders. Tax payers money have been expended to fight Boko Haram. These people have not only created problem in all parts of the country, they are now armed, carrying AK-47. They tell you is for their self defence. If that’s the case, then every Nigeria should carry it. Igbo has no problem, we have been very patient because of the experience we have had.”
The elder statesman has also condemned ransom being paid to Boko Haram kidnappers, saying if proper strategies were employed in combating the menace caused by the group, it would do a lot to save tax payers money used by government as ransom.
“They have formed groups which kidnap people and school children and when they kidnap, government use tax payers money to pay ransom. Look at what happened in Niger State; they have been released. Who will say they did not pay ransom? The ransom they paid is tax payers money. I think the matter is serious and provocative and I don’t want them to offend the Igbo because we are the people suffering.”