ABUJA, Nigeria – Former President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has rolled out a comprehensive list of recommendations on how President Muhammadu Buhari can tackle the issue of insecurity in the country.
Saraki called on Buhari to tap into Nigeria’s brightest and most experienced minds in order to curb the rising cases of insecurity, especially in the area of banditry and kidnappings.
The former Senate President made the recommendations in response to the kidnapping of 12 police officers.
He also urged the president to engage former presidents, retired officers in curbing the issue of kidnapping in the country.
In a series of tweets, Saraki urged Buhari to urgently call for help for the menace of kidnapping in Nigeria.
According to Saraki: “After posting a tweet on the kidnap of the 12 policemen yesterday, the thought of the damning implication that sad incident has for our country continues to disturb me.
“The kidnapping issue is not a problem for President Buhari alone. It is a problem confronting and threatening all Nigerians.
“I am convinced that this is a problem for all of us, and as such, I advise Mr. President to urgently call for help from all and sundry. All hands must be on deck. If we don’t address the problem of kidnapping urgently it will engulf the entire nation.
“In this country, we have brilliant, serving and retired intelligence officers. We have experienced serving and retired military and other security officers who have had some of the best training available in the world in dealing with this type of problem.
“We also have former Presidents and heads of state who have great ideas on security. And, we have traditional rulers who, by their background, have strong insights they can contribute on this issue.
“What is more, in our Nigeria there are some of the best IT brains who can help deploy technology towards solving the kidnap cases and eliminating this security threat.
“Then there are many countries whom we have a good relationship with and who have confronted similar problems in the past and used technology and modern techniques to overcome them.
“These countries, I am sure, will be more than willing to assist. They know this is a problem threatening our existence as a country. In my humble opinion, Mr. President, should tap into these abundant resources because what we have on our hands is a national emergency.
“From my own perspective, wherever the idea is coming from – be it from a retired security officer, an opposition leader or even a foreign country – what is important at this juncture is to put an end to this national menace.
“I am sure that if all these people are ‘locked’ up in one room together and with the abundant talents and resources that will be available to tap into, they will most certainly produce a workable, action plan that can immediately be implemented to solve the kidnapping problem.”