Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has accused past leaders of being responsible for the security challenges facing the country.
During an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday, Umahi said the failure of past leaders to address the future of young people was the cause of the present insecurity in the country.
Umahi asked Nigerians to stop blaming the present administration for the heightened insecurity in the country as the reasons are systematic.
However, he posited that consultations and sincerity are some of the approaches that can be employed to secure the nation.
Umahi said: “When people talk about the recent insecurity in our country, I keep saying that the insecurity did not just develop overnight.
“It has been a result of the failure of our past leaders to address the future of our youths. And this is the truth. So it’s not a question of blaming Mr President or blaming Governors or blaming APC or PDP; it is systematic and it has been there for a very long time.
“I think that we must deploy sincerity in our approach; we must deploy consultation, wisdom and prayers. If all these are put together, I am sure that the insecurity in the country will be a thing of the past.”
Umahi said the insecurity situation in the South East has been exacerbated by secessionist agitations by locals, the problem of foreign herdsmen who invaded the region, and the general rise in the cases of cultism and armed robbery.
The Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum noted that the communal crises in Ebonyi are being “fuelled by political interests” in the form of “misguided comments by desperate politicians who want power at all cost.”
Governor Umahi also advocated for the reintegration of young people who have gone into crime into society.