4 States Buhari must declare a State of Emergency to save Nigeria

By Sanni Muhammed March 30, 2016 19:54

4 States Buhari must declare a State of Emergency to save Nigeria

It has become painfully obvious that President Muhammadu Buhari has been confronted with serious challenges in some parts of the country, which need urgent attention before they get out of hand.

President Buhari had promised, while delivering his inaugural speech that he would work towards fixing Nigeria’s problems, irrespective of their form and nature.

“At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems.” He said.

Almost one year into Buhari’s tenure, the problem of sea piracy, pipeline vandalism, political killings, ethnic crisis, extra judicial killings, kidnappings, have become the order of the day, especially in some parts of the country.

Benue State

No fewer than 300 persons have been confirmed dead in a renewed outbreak of violence in Agatu local government area of Benue state. The attacks were carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen in various part of the local government.

The affected villages include; Okokolo, Akwu, Ocholonya, Adagbo, Ugboku and Aila, which were completely burnt down by the attackers.

However, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has deployed additional units of the police force to the Agatu community, but the tension in and around the community still lingers.

If we must call a spade a spade, it is quite shameful and painful that such killings are still going on in Nigeria. President Buhari therefore must seek an urgent solution to the problem, even if it means pronouncing a state of emergency in the state in order to address the lingering issue of herdsmen crisis.

Lagos State

The recent fall in electricity supply across the country has been attributed to the activities of gas pipeline vandals in Lagos. Few weeks back, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had expressed dissatisfaction at the attack on the country’s gas pipelines by suspected vandals.

Militants had attacked Nigeria Gas Company’s pipelines connected to Chevron Nigeria Limited’s facility at Escravos. An attack which succeeded in sabotaging Buhari’s plans at achieving stable power supply across the country.

Commenting on the attack, Fashola in a statement signed by his media aide said, “The sabotaged gas pipeline which contributes to the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) has led to a loss of 160 mmsfcd of gas daily. At a cost of $2.50 per thousand scf, this loss means about $400,000 loss to the country on a daily basis (N78, 800,000 daily) in gas volume,”

“This is in addition to losses to be incurred daily from affected Power generation ($1,988,223 or N391, 680,000 daily). The total daily loss to the country is therefore estimated at N470, 479,931. Repairs of the damaged pipeline are estimated as costing ($609, 137 or N120, 000,000). The real sector of the economy has also been counting its losses as some cement companies around Olorunsogo like Ewekoro and Ibese are also affected.” Fashola said.

If President Buhari must achieve his plans of providing stable power supply to Nigerians, a state of emergency against vandals in Lagos must be proclaimed.

Kaduna State

In less than one year of the Governor Nasir El-rufai-tenure in Kaduna state, the state has become a focal point for alleged extra-judicial killings of over 1,000 Shia Muslims and the recent kidnapping and murder of an Army Colonel in the state.

Kaduna state is gradually becoming unsafe, with many analysts proposing that President Buhari immediately addresses the root causes of these problem before its spill over into a major crisis.

Related: Shiites finally release statement on kidnapped Army Colonel

Rivers State

Rivers state topped the list of election violence prone states in 2015 by the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, with violence being recorded during the elections.

The latest court ordered re-run elections in the state that took place on March 19, has also sent dangerous signals to security agencies on the safety of lives and properties in the state.