By Abubakar Mohammed, Zaria
Most Reverend Buba Ali Lamido, the Bishop of Wusasa Anglican Diocese has told the federal government to find a way of dealing with the security situation in the country before the 2019 general elections.
The Bishop who was speaking at the 3rd session of the 7th synod held at anguwar sarki,Gwanki in Ikara local government area of Kaduna state, said the increasing spate of killings and the rising cases of kidnapping may also affect electioneering campaigns before the election.
He observed that, beyond the killings, the current hunger in the country is even a bigger threat to a credible election, as the number of hungry unemployed youths is highly alarming.
The Bishop said that if the security situation didn’t change before the election, then it will be difficult to hold the election in some parts of the country.
“The fear here is some politicians may unleash such youths against their opponents with money in their hands as political thugs.
“Though security is every body’s business, it is also the primary responsibility of government to provide it to its citizenry.”
He advised the federal government to do something fast to arrest the trend, as Nigerians are yearning for peace and security to have a credible election in 2019.
“We are holding onto the promises by INEC and President Muhammadu Buhari that the 2019 election will be credible and fair to all.
“An election that is not free and fair risks negatively compromising Nigeria’s already fragile economy and thereby sparking further attacks.
On the recent security situation in Kaduna state, the Bishop of Wusasa told Governor Nasir Ahmed elrufai to rise to the occasion and ensure the restoration of law and order in the troubled southern part of the state.
He expressed displeasure on how the problem continued to persist despite heavy deployment of security operatives to prevent attacks.
“It is surprising that gunmen willfully killed people at night without any response from the security operatives.The latest killing of a monarch has taken the case to another level.”
He urged the Governor to strive to correct the impression that the problem in southern Kaduna is religious, political or tribal and advised that the trouble in Southern Kaduna should not be carried into New year.
Buba Lamido cautioned the Governor to avoid anything that can worsen the situation and treat the entire people of the state equitably to reduce the tension that leads to frequent violence in the area.END