Nigeria must dialogue on insecurity, restructuring now – Akeredolu
Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo State, has said that the demand for a national dialogue to address the security challenges plaguing Nigeria had become inevitable, and that it must be taken seriously.
The governor said Nigerians were tired of the security situation in the country, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to act decisively.
Akeredolu spoke on Friday during an interview on Good Morning Nigeria, a programme on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
The governor, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), also canvassed for an urgent restructuring of the country, stressing that Nigerians could not wait any longer.
According to him, “The country is undoubtedly tensed and we have great challenges, most importantly the security challenges we are facing in the country. We have chosen that the time is now, we cannot wait any longer. The time is now to face up to the issue of insecurity in Nigeria.
“Our people are becoming so worried and that’s why we say in our communique that the President should address the nation because it has become important, the people want to hear from us, they want to hear from Mr. President on issues that are important, topical issues that are worrisome.”
Akeredolu further said: “We have not asked for a constitutional conference but we have asked for a national dialogue where we are going to ask people we either elect or nominate to help us go and carry all these documents, sift them and turn them into something meaningful that all of us have clamoured for over the years. Let us see how we can restructure this country; everybody is worried about it.
“Let’s keep politics aside; it’s time for us to talk about Nigeria now. We must talk, we must win these youths back to us, we need them, the crisis we are toying with is not a joke. We have to do something and it is urgent.”