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General News of Sunday, 2 May 2021


Buhari must end discrimination for Nigeria to move forward - Yamsat 

Professor (Reverend) Pandam Yamsat was a former President, Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Chief Executive of Centre for Value and Attitudinal Re-Awakening (CVAR) and Chairman, Plateau State Inter-Religious Group.

He speaks with ISAAC SHOBAYO on the worsening insecurity in the country and the dangers ahead.

What is your assessment of the security situation in Nigeria?

What is happening in the country now is frightening, surprising, and inconceivable. As I said during the Plateau State Inter-Religious meeting, it is inconceivable that the government can be paralysed by banditry, kidnapping, Boko Haram and other security challenges in the country.

It is like the government cannot protect its citizens anymore as the people appear without protection. It is generally believed that there is no power that can rise above that of the government, no matter how powerful it may be.

But the undesirable elements are holding the country to ransom and operating freely. It appears the government is now handicapped.

Worst of all, governors are complaining that they have no control over the situation. But I don’t expect to hear that from the state governors because it makes the citizens to be more frightened.

The expectation is that every governor should be in control of his state, even though the police and other security agencies belong to the federal government.

The governors and security agencies are supposed to work in harmony; I don’t expect my governor to say he is not in control as if Plateau State is a separate entity.

But when I see a governor crying helplessly, I get worried that despite being the Chief Security Officer of his state, the governor has to be begging the president for aid.

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