From TUNDE RAHEEM Akure
Afenifere, the Pan Yoruba Socio-political group yesterday berated President Goodluck Jonathan over his inability to curb the insecurity in the country. The Secretary-General of the group, Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa said the insecurity and the destruction of lives and prosperity by the Islamic sect called Boko Haram in the country had become worrisome and the menace had wrecked havoc to the nation’s economy Arogbofa frowned at the rate at which kidnappers abducted prominent Nigerians, saying the insurgencies if continued unchecked, could drive away foreign investors.
The Afenifere scribe urged the President to use his position, as Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces to tackle the various security challenges confronting the country The group warned that criminals might take over the country if the government who was in charge of force’s of coercion failed to act decisively. The group said it suspected criminal conspiracy among the criminals and some security agencies in the country.
“More than any time, President Jonathan must not only be seen to be barking but biting if criminality is to be brought under control in the country, especially by giving red card to the nation’s security agencies in particular the Police, the prisons officials while the Bar and the Bench must no longer toy with or rationalize obvious criminal cases.
“While it may be true as said by AIG Tsefe in Abeokuta on Tuesday that ransom paid to criminals to hasten the release of victims was mainly responsible for the rise in kidnapping, is that why the Police, believed to be aware of most criminals in the society have not always acted swiftly and decidedly when criminals strike?
“Who does not know that it is the same lackadaisical attitude that some security outfits like the Prison department demonstrated that led to a kidnapping victim in Onisha, Chief E.U Okeke to petition the Attorney-General of the Federation on the dramatic release from prison of the suspected criminal that abducted him? “And between the Police, the Prison, the AGF’s office and the court, is it not a common knowledge that reported disturbing criminal cases can take weeks before anything can be done?
“The point is that nobody is any longer safe in the country. Just a few days ago, it was the elderly Prof (Mrs) Okonjo that was kidnapped; only yesterday it was the wife of General Oluwole Rotimi, former governor of Western Region. In the Northern part of the country, the Boko Haram is in-charge and kills with reckless abandon.
“While it is true that when we talk of government, you and me are involved, but it is those who hold the power of governance and their agencies that really have the power to act. “The government must therefore act and fast for that matter before hoodlums completely take over,” he warned.