Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has cautioned against losing the fight on violent attacks that have been dogging Nigeria, especially the Plateau State and Northeast.
Answering reporters’questions today, Wednesday shortly after his visit on President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Dogara said: “whatever it is, we must not lose the fight against violence because we can’t lose that fight and still keep our civilization.”
He saw the danger in allowing the repeat in Plateau State, of what happened in the Northeast where Boko Haram had destroyed virtually everything that is important to the people.
If you go to the Northeast you can see the level of devastation caused by Boko Haram: everything resembling progress, from schools to hospitals to government institutions, everything has been pulled down. And we don’t want a replication of this all over the country.”
Speaker Dogara said that Nigeria is now in what he called ‘very sober moments,’ saying that people in hundreds are continued to be killed “and we can no longer tolerate this kind of situation as a government.”
He said that President Buhari has taken enough steps on these security issues, adding: “he has told us what he is doing; the reorganization that he plans to put in place to ensure that this doesn’t.
“My advice to our people, not just Plateau State, Benue, Zamfara, Taraba virtually some communities faced with this situation, especially in the north, I think the issue of securing our communities, living in peace must be taken as a project. It is something each and every one of us must invest in whether as traditional rulers, as community leaders, councilors, chairmen, all strata of society must invest in peace building.
“That is the only way we can live in a secure community and ensure that we progress as a country.”