Insecurity: Tinubu needs support, not criticism, APC Chieftain tells Nigerians

By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

 A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Osun, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, has called on Nigerians to support President Bola Tinubu, in the fight against insecurity in the country and stop negative criticism that can distract him.

Oyintiloye, while speaking with newsmen on Sunday in Osogbo said that the rate of insecurity in the country was becoming alarming, saying the development called for a sober reflection.

He said that this is a period Nigerians needed to rally round the president and his administration to find a common solution to the various insecurity challenges facing the country.

Oyintiloye, a former member of the defunct APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), who condemned the recent killings, banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, and other criminalities by men of the underworld across the country, said that there was no doubt that the president was doing everything humanly possible to restore peace to the country.

According to him, this is a trying period for all Nigerians, who are saddened by the latest multiple killings and kidnappings ravaging the country.

He said that Nigerians must take solace in God, while the government fashioned out strategies to address the situation, instead of negative criticism that will not solve the problem.

“No one is happy with the recent killing, banditry, terrorism, kidnapping other criminalities across the country, but negative criticism and names calling by the leaders of the opposition parties is not the way forward”.

“What we need at this critical period is for us as stakeholders to come together, irrespective of our political affiliation, religion or tribe, and give the present administration needed boost and encouragement.

“Security is a collective responsibility of everyone and that is why I am appealing to leaders of the opposition parties to stop playing cheap politics with security issues and narratives that can divide the country”, he said.

Oyintiloye, a former lawmaker commended the president for prompt approval of funds to the security agencies for the purchase of modern equipment to fight insecurity.

He said the recent release of N50 billion security vote to five northern states was a show of commitment by the president to minimize the spate of insecurity, but we need to extend the gesture across the country.

Oyintiloye, who noted that the primary responsibility of any government was to protect the life and property of its citizen, said that was the reason why a large percentage of 2024 budget was committed to security.

The APC Chieftain, however, called on the president to look into developing security architectural frameworks that are community-based.

He called for bottom up approach security framework that would integrate every social strata of the society, traditional rulers, religious leaders, non-conventional security groups, and opinion leaders in assisting security agencies in combating the insecurity in their domains.

Oyintiloye, also urged the president to mandate governors, as the Chief Security Officers of their respective states to rise to the occasion to nip the insecurity in the bud by creating a community security network to support conventional security agencies in their various domains.

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