Following the rising spate of killings and violence in Nigeria, a Lagos Lawmaker, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, has described the situation in the country as a state of anomy, saying that nowhere was safe anymore.
Olowo, who represents Somolu Constituency 1 at the Lagos state House of Assembly, said this while contributing to the debate on the State of the Nation raised under a ‘matter of urgent public importance’ during plenary session yesterday.
The lawmaker explained that banditry has spread beyond the north where it first started to other regions of the country, explaining further that nobody was safe with the way things were going on.
He noted ” Boko Haram started about 8years ago. It all started from Sambisa forest, today they have moved to Kaure in Niger state very close to state of power, Abuja. It is about 2hrs drive to Abuja and close to Suleja as well. If about 1000 women were abducted, over 149 pregnant women and about 500 elderly people in a place close to Abuja, then Abuja is not safe. If Abuja is not safe, nowhere is safe in Nigeria.
” Nobody is living in the high tower, we are all vulnerable to bandits and kidnappers. It started from the North then to the East and now in the Southwest. There is a town called Igboho in Oyo state where the people’s farms and produce were destroyed by cows and then to Oyo, Ogun state.
” If I am to travel to Ogun state, I need to get police protection because nobody can predict what might happen on the road. From Ibadan to Ijebu Ode, you dare not pass the old road”.
Olowo noted the unbearable attitude of motorcycle riders in Lagos, pointing out that they were becoming security threat to the state.
He recalled that during presidential campaign in 2015, president Buhari assured Nigerians of adequate security, revamping of the economy and corruption eradication, but that insecurity is currently on the rising spate.
Olowo argued that there was no way foreign indirect investment can be attracted to the county because of security issues in the country, adding that there was high rate of poverty in Nigeria.
He called on Buhari to make bear his military experience on the fight against insurgency and banditry, adding that the security architecture cannot meet the current reality.
The lawmaker said due to the instability in Chad, Niger and other neighbouring countries, Nigeria’s border remains porous and that arms and ammunition could be easily brought into the country without check.
Olowo urged the president to rejig the security architecture of the country so as to address the security challenges facing the nation.