Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi has said that he would tackle the nation’s insecurity immediately and decisively if elected president in 2023.
Mr Obi said this in an interview on Channels Television programme, “Politics Today”, while reacting to the worsening insecurity in the country, stressing that the government needed to do more.
His comments came hours after terrorists who attacked the Abuja/Kaduna train on March 28, 2022, released three victims out of the 62 abducted.
A disturbing viral video showed the terrorists flogging the abductees, threatening to kill some and sell others as slaves.
The Labour Party’s Presidential Flagbearer said there are so many things that he would put in place to reduce insecurity, most of which he cannot mention on air at that moment.
Speaking further, Mr Obi outlined his plans to use economic transformation to change security situation in Nigeria.
“To improve the security situation in Nigeria, as President, I will ensure the economy works and more people are pulled out of poverty.
“The more you remove people out of poverty, the more you reduce criminality. It is critical and important, as long as the economy continues to head south like we are seeing today, your criminality will be rising,” Obi explained.
The former Anambra State governor said if he president, every state will be responsible for their own security.
“I have said it repeatedly that if I have the opportunity, every state will be responsible for their security.
“I will make sure that the governors are given the powers to secure their state. Even if we have federal police there, they will be responsible and reporting to the governor.
“Additionally, the state will be allowed to have their own security system if need be,” Obi emphasized.
Peter Obi also said that securing Nigeria is a must and as such, everything possible will be done to ensure Nigerians are once again proud of their nation.