Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and renowned Islamic Cleric, Ahmad Gumi, have recommended the creation of special courts to prosecute bandits and kidnappers across the country.
Both men made the call in a communique issued after a closed-door meeting at Obasanjo’s residence in Abeokuta, on Sunday.
They said that the special courts would cut the long bureaucracy in dealing promptly with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding, and unlawful carrying of weapons.
Obasanjo and Gumi also stressed the need for the people, irrespective of their affiliation, to desist from blame game, as well as attributing ethnicity, religion, and region to crimes committed by criminals.
They asked the people to respect one another, show tolerance and accommodation where necessary, as well as condemn criminal acts no matter where it was committed and by whom it was committed.
They appealed to the Federal government to take up the issue of security within the Economic Community of West African States towards a regional solution.
“Every community must be encouraged and empowered to stand firm and strong against criminals.
“There should be protected and reward covertly for whistleblowers against criminals living in the community.”
Obasanjo and Gumi attributed the remote causes of the crisis to educational and economic disparities, as well as the negative use of religion and ethnicity by deceitful politicians. They, therefore, urged all well-meaning Nigerians to support the government in finding solutions to insecurity.