The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has questioned the northern leader on why they don’t want to raise their voices against the growing insecurity in the region just as they did during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Dogara made this call during the presidential campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lafia, Nasarawa State on Thursday, January 10, 2018.
He described the failure of the northern leaders to speak up in condemnation of the senseless killings in the region as unfortunate and he urged Nigerians not to forget that the 2019 election was a referendum on insecurity and hunger in the land. He said:
“When this thing (insecurity) was prevalent in 2015, we had Borno elders talking. Where are Borno elders now? Where are the leaders of northern Nigeria? Now, that this problem has become endemic, what are they saying?”
“On the issue of insecurity, all of us know what is happening in Borno, Abuja, Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, Nasarawa , Benue and Plateau states. I cannot even mention all. It is a general problem in the country. However, I only mentioned the states where the situation is so endemic.”
He stressed that it had become a collective “responsibility to rescue Nigeria from the clutches of insecurity, because without security, we cannot even understand the meaning of democracy.” Dogara further warned on the danger of silence at a time Nigerians ought to rise to speak with one voice.
Dogara further warned on the danger of silence at a time Nigerians ought to rise to speak with one voice.
Describing silence in the face of insecurity as an enabler of the vice, the speaker predicted doom for those who make the mistakes of elevating mere mortals to the status of God for selfish reasons.
“Now the sad commentary about the elite in Nigeria is that we have all by our silence, become enabler to those who have been unable to tackle this insecurity. And you know what enablers do?”