The Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ ) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to be alive to his responsibility of protecting every Nigerian by addressing the barrage of social and economic woes, especially the security challenges confronting the country.
The union said the spate of terrorist attacks in the country had assumed a worrisome dimension and proportion to the extent that no one is sure of where is safe any longer.
The President of NUJ, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, made the call in Abuja during a press conference on the state of the nation.
He said the frightening tale of attacks in the country must be checked before the entire country is consumed.
Isiguzo lamented the deadly attack by terrorists on Kuje Maximum Security Prison without any attempt for reinforcement where many inmates over 600 prisoners escaped, including all the Boko Haram members in detention.
According to Isiguzo ” The NUJ as a critical stakeholder in the Nigerian project, feels seriously concerned of the need for the Federal Government to quickly move more than ever before in addressing some critical areas of governance such as insecurity, education, health, spiralling inflation, scarcity of petroleum products, power, maintenance of law and order, electioneering, respect for rule of law, food security, arrest, harassment and intimidation of Journalists among others.
“it is almost becoming unbelievable the geometric rate of attacks by terrorists/bandits in different locations. The unfortunate development is certainly unacceptable, particularly with the proportion and dimension insecurity has assumed in the country to the extent that no one is sure of where is safe any longer.
“ While terrorism and banditry are ravaging most parts of the North-east, North-west and some states in the North-central geo-political zones, (we are worried at the number of kidnap cases, especially in Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger states), IPOB agitation and assumed criminality is sweeping across the South-east, (as at today, Imo and Anambra states have become notorious for disturbing trends in kidnapping and killings.
” The security agencies must rise to the occasion, especially in Imo state where some arrests have been reportedly made with suspects making mind-boggling revelations.
Some suspects are said to be in custody, since December last year and have even allegedly mentioned names of politicians as their sponsors. Such revelations should not just be ignored “
The NUJ President also appealed to the President to as a matter of urgency, national interest and for the sake of the future generations of Nigerians, personally wade into the matter of striking the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU ) to save the country from further embarrassment.
He said the country can no longer afford to continue to watch the youths wasting away their time at home with no end in sight for school resumption.
He added that the personal intervention of Mr. President would go a long way in addressing the issues at stake as against what looks like the back and fort dance steps around the subject matter by some officials of government.
” We equally appeal to the leadership and members of ASUU to in the overall interest of the nation, accept some of the offers the federal government is proposing to allow for the resumption of academic activities in the Universities ” He added.
While expressing worry over the high cost of staple foods arising from inflation Isiguzo said many Nigerians could not afford one meal per day.
He said ” As earlier observed, insecurity ravaging parts of the country has in no small measure affected agricultural production thereby causing scarcity of food products.
” The NUJ however, believes that the situation is not irredeemable and can be salvaged just as it is also of the strong view that intervention of government at all levels in this sector will go a long way in alleviating the sufferings the people are undergoing.
As a temporary measure, the Federal Government can move a step further by releasing some of its reserved grains from its silos in addition to other measures to cushion the effect of the crises being experienced “