The Nigerian Working Group on Peace building and Governance, which has John Cardinal Onaiyekan among its members has told President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians are suffering, asking him to address issues of insecurity.
In the statement which was signed by Attahiru Jega, a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission and several other members, the group said it had engaged in series of consultations with a diverse group of stakeholders and policymakers.
It asked that national council of state should initiate a dialogue process at the national level while the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) would ensure it reaches the grassroots.
The statement said, “A government strategy to address the coronavirus pandemic without sustainable strategies to also confront rising insecurity and violence poses a significant threat to the democratic development of our country, and could potentially undermine the government’s efforts to address the spread of the coronavirus in Nigeria now, and in the future.
“There is a growing public consensus that the current leadership of our security agencies have failed woefully, and that our Commander-in-Chief has so far refused to act. This cannot continue. Mr President, you must show more concern and do what is necessary to improve the effectiveness of our security agencies, even if it means replacing the current leadership of our security agencies.”
The statement said, “The government has been incapable of assuring Nigerians that it cares about our predicament. Numerous conspiracy theories about the causes of the violence continue to circulate, without any reassuring counter-narratives coming from the government.
“Our country is rapidly approaching a tipping point. Enough is enough. The time for action is now.”