As Nigeria’s insecurity challenges worsen day by day and threaten the unity of the nation, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has given some advice on how to counter the threat.
The elderly statesman gave the advice on Wednesday May 5th when he met members of the Tiv Professionals Group (TPG) in his penthouse residence in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) housed in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
1. Approach to the carrot and stick
To tackle the uncertainty issues to a halt , According to Obasanjo, Nigeria needs a “carrot and stick” approach.
In simple terms, the” carrot and stick “approach implies the use of a combination of reward and punishment in order to address the security crisis.
2. Stop paying ransom money
Former President Obasanjo said paying ransom money encourages criminals to pursue their illegal activities continue.
As they repeat that ransom payments don’t make the uncertainty The former president claimed the Nigerian government, both the current and the immediately previous administrations, paid ransom but refused to do so. Be strong with bandits / kidnappers
Obasanjo said the government couldn’t just say they wouldn’t pay the ransom without taking appropriate action.
He said that in order to avoid ransom payments, the government “must have the means to face difficult security challenges”.
The elderly statesman repeated, that the government must develop means to deal with kidnappers and bandits who are heavily replacing the ransom payment.
In the meantime, Obasanjo has also been calling for some ethnic advocates to break up Nation condemned.
The former president described the demand for a separation of Nigeria as inattentive and insensitive to the plight of the minorities in the country.
The former president expressed concern about what would become of the minority groups if the great tribes like Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo decided to separate and operate as separate countries.