In the wake of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike’s assertion that President Tinubu’s approval for urgent security equipment procurement will tackle kidnappings and killings in Abuja, Comrade Abel Adewole has responded with a call for a more comprehensive approach to address the pressing security challenges in Nigeria.
Comrade Adewole, speaking to RoyalTimes, acknowledged the efforts of the armed forces in the country but expressed concern over the seemingly ineffective impact of solely purchasing security equipment. He stated, “It is unfortunate that the buying of security equipment has not caused any significant change in the country.”
Highlighting some root causes of the security issues, Comrade Adewole pointed out the high rates of illiteracy and unemployment in Nigeria as contributing factors. He urged the Federal government to prioritize empowering Nigerians, improving the educational sector, and addressing economic concerns as essential steps in curbing kidnappings and killings.
“It’s crucial for the government to empower our citizens through education and employment opportunities. By doing so, we can address the root causes of these security challenges,” he emphasized.
Comrade Adewole also called for a collaborative effort between the Federal government and tech-savvy youth in Nigeria to leverage technology in tracking down criminals. He suggested, “The Federal government should collaborate with youths who are versed in technology in Nigeria to track down these evildoers, and ensure that the arrested suspects are brought to book.”
In addition, he urged local communities to take an active role in securing their areas, emphasizing the importance of vigilantes and local security officers in monitoring and maintaining forests as a means to reduce hideouts for criminals.