Former Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has said the spate of insecurity in the country is alarming and stressed that the country is at war with itself.
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives declared that the country is on the verge of the precipice.
He was speaking at the 10th convocation ceremony of Achievers University, Owo in Ondo state and asked President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to stop playing the ostrich or pretend that all is well with us and our country.
The former Speaker who is the Chancellor of the University lamented the seemingly intractable security challenges in the country.
Dogara said the South-West and South-East are fast becoming Nigeria’s new zones of instability stressing that Boko Haram insurgency in the North East that has left scores of people dead and millions displaced; banditry in the North West; piracy and organised crime in the South-South and farmer-herder clashes in much of the rest of the country.
“The problem of ungoverned spaces in Nigeria where the government has lost the capacity to exert coercive power or at best maintains a sporadic or weak presence, leave vast forested landscapes across the country for terrorists, bandits and sundry criminal cartels to use as sanctuaries and establish operational bases. ” Dogara said.
The former Speaker said with an unemployment rate of over 30 per cent, epileptic economic growth; overburdened and overwhelmed security agencies coupled with weak institutional capacity within the security agencies; extreme inequality cum poverty and citizens alienation from the government, it is obvious that the country is heading in the wrong direction.