Former Lawmaker Sen. Sani Advocates Proactive Measures To Curb Insecurity
A former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Senator Shehu Sani, wants governments to take more proactive measures to address the overwhelming security challenges facing the country.
Senator Sani made the plea in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Abuja.
Sani said the entire Nation was currently under siege and being faced with various security challenges.
“Today the entire country is under siege. In the North West it is the armed bandits, the North Central is experiencing Herdsmen attacks and the North East is ravaged by insurgents” Sani said.
He however blamed the challenges confronting the nation on the lukewarm attitude of the political leaders.
Senator Sani attributed one of the problems of political leaders to sycophancy which is now making the nation bleed with overwhelming killings.
Commenting on the 2020 appropriation, Sani stressed that it would not have any positive effect on Nigerians.
He further explained that the budget is not sustainable because debt servicing is higher than capital expenditures.
On his take on the nation’s border closure, Sani wondered why the Federal Government would decide to shut it’s borders to neighbouring countries at a time when it just signed the African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA.
He said the objectives behind the AfCFTA was trade liberalisation, adding that the closure of the nation’s border was not in line with the overall objectives of the agreement.
He said, “A lot has been said about the AfCFTA but I think what we need to remind ourselves is that the idea to integrate the continent economically is not a new one.
The former lawmaker is of the opinion that the profits made from the ban on the importation of rice should be spent on the importation of petroleum products.
Senator Sani who is also the Executive Director of African centre for peace and development, ACPD, appealed to the 9th Senate to carve a good name for themselves by protecting the interests of Nigerians who voted them into office rather than being a rubber stamp to the Executive.
When asked what the centre aim was, Senator Sani explained that the centre is fully involved in performing an independent oversight on institutions that are directly related to the economic progress of the country and the African continent.
He added that Nigeria has been facing a series of security challenges from sectarian strife to terrorism to religious and ethnic violence.
BY GEORGINA HUMPHREY/ABUJA