People Democratic Party (PDP) presidential front-runner and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has reaffirmed his belief that Nigeria is in a security crisis.
Using the #Time2Atikulate hashtag, the 71-year-old said the country is beset with myriad problems: inequality, ethnoreligious frictions, and disputes over land and resources have eroded social cohesion, undermining democratic consolidation and threatening national unity and security.
Atiku said Nigerians are forced to endure terrorist attacks in the north, militancy in the Niger Delta, communal violence in the middle belt, cult wars in the south, and kidnappings, and other acts of brigandage across the country.
All these, he says, must stop once he becomes president because “As President, I promise to undertake the following urgent measures, replace the office of the national security adviser with a national security council that includes the Presidency, the heads of the Nigerian Police Force, the heads of the security services, and the chief of defence staff.
“We will create a single national security advisory council composed of former heads of state, traditional and community leaders and some other persons that may be relevant.”