Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and popular Islamic cleric who has been interacting with bandits in northern Nigeria, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi on Sunday, met in Abeokuta, the state capital. The two gentlemen were joined by others to discuss prevailing insecurity in the land and these are nine of the issues they resolved at the end of the meeting.
“Chief Obasanjo and Sheik Gumi acknowledged that people from different parts of the country and outside the country are involved although some people are more predominantly involved than others.
They agreed that the security situation has gone beyond tolerance; hence Sheik Gumi’s coming to Abeokuta to confer with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
“The duo identified the crisis as micro ethnic conflict between the Fulani and many host communities mainly in the North West.
“Obasanjo and Gumi identified the remote causes as educational and economic disparities, and the negative use of religion and ethnicity by unscrupulous politicians.
They agreed that solutions must be seen and provided on short-, medium-, and long-term bases and must be composed of stick and carrot for the offender and the vulnerable, while recommending that all well-meaning Nigerians have to be involved in finding solutions
FIVE: They advised that state governments must have adequate means of providing security for their people and as chief executives and chief security officers of their states, they must have the means at their disposal to ensure security for all within their states.
The duo said the Federal government must be proactive, secure necessary and updated intelligence to deal with organised crimes and have common policy for the nation
Chief Obsanjo and Sheik Gumi are of the opinion that education is one main key to solve the problem in the long run but it must start now. The 14 million children that should be in school and are out of school must be put in school with local authorities, state governments and federal government working together.
They believe that the hardened criminals must be hard hit with stick. Unlawful carrying of arms should be very seriously punished.
“There should be protection and reward covertly for whistle blowers against criminals living in the community. Special courts should be created to deal promptly with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding and unlawful carrying of weapons.”