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Cost of food, others should dominate political discuss not 2023 – Retired AIG



Cost of food, others should dominate political discuss not 2023 – Retired AIG

By Cecilia Ijuo

A retired Deputy Inspector General of Police Felix Ogbaudu has criticized the heightened discussion over zoning and the choice of president in 2023 by politicians of late.

Ogbaudu, who said this in an interview with Nigeria‘s news agency in Abuja, urged politicians to focus more on finding lasting solutions to the challenges facing Nigerians.

He stressed that with the rising cost of food, insecurity and other challenges, it was more reasonable to seek measures to deal with them than to make the 2023 elections a priority.

He said: “Politicians have not been helpful in the struggle to address the myriad of challenges Nigeria faces, especially the problem of insecurity and rising food costs.

“Recently, the governors met and the issue that was at the top of their list was the issue of zoning.

“Rather than focusing on ways and means to offer a solution to all our challenges, they talk about the direction the presidency should take in 2023.

“Is this the major challenge at a time when insecurity is becoming so worrying in this country?

According to him, insurgents attacked a military formation in Sokoto state a few days ago.

“You can imagine the audacity they have to attack a military formation and kill some of our military, police and civilians and our politicians discussing 2023.

“Kidnapping is now on the agenda,” he said.

He expressed optimism that the challenges were surmountable if the main actors, especially politicians, played their roles well, adding that commitment was paramount.

He called for adequate empowerment of security agencies.

“I always ask why our policemen are not at their peak in Nigeria but are celebrated in other countries.

“Our police officers who are enlisted in other countries for peacekeeping work very well, but here they are disabled.

“It means that there is something that we are not doing well as a country and we have to put measures in place to make them more effective,” he said.

He further called for the need to tackle economic issues ranging from education, infrastructure to unemployment.

“The declining level of education is a problem I have tried to get answers to.

“How has the situation deteriorated to such an extent despite the increase in the number of schools across the country.

“Aside from the recent issue of kidnappings in schools, student performance has fallen beyond imagination.

“People are now buying certificates up to the doctorate and things have escalated to the point that we are now producing unemployed graduates.

“In addition, the growing number of unemployment cases is worrying and as such more and more young people are getting involved in crime because we know that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.

“There is poverty everywhere. Even some state governments are not doing well, ”he said.

Ogbaudu called for good leadership, sincerity of purpose, fear of God and honesty, while avoiding feelings.

He praised the revival of the rail system by the current administration and advised that this be replicated in other sectors of the economy.

Source: NAN

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