– President Buhari has received unsolicited advice from a former president of the Senate
– According to Pius Ayim, the president should set up a commission of inquiry
– Going further, he urged the president not to shut the people out of the decision making process
A former president of the Senate, Pius Ayim, has suggested how Nigeria can overcome the problem of insecurity in various parts of the country.
In an open letter on Monday, he advised President Muhammadu Buhari to make history by setting up a commission of inquiry into the violent and non-violent agitations to make recommendations on the immediate – short-term and long-term – solutions.
Ayim believes this will help to de-escalating the rising tension in the land and lead to a process for the renewal of the march to nationhood.
According to him, no action is deemed successful or completed until the buy-in of the people is secured through a democratic process.
The former Senate President warned against shutting the people out of the process of finding solutions to the conflicts, stressing that a permanent solution would be a mirage.
He noted the processes that led to the independence of the country, saying the colonial administration was confronted with reservations by minority tribes over fears of domination by the majority tribes.
Ayim informed the President that a similar commission of inquiry chaired by Harry Willink was set up and the panel produced a far-reaching report after extensive hearings of the complaints and suggestions from the people.
“It can be argued that no other document in the history of Nigeria has had a far-reaching impact on our political structure than the Willink’s report,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit reported that Buhari approved the establishment of a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
A statement from the presidency on Monday, May 3, noted that the centre would be domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser.
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Legit.ng gathered that the new centre replaced the defunct Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons.
Also, Legit.ng also reported that amid the incessant kidnappings and killings in Nigeria, President Buhari has stated that his government would not relent until it puts an end to the insecurity troubling the country.
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, stated this via a statement after a security council meeting convened by the president in Aso Rock.
Legit.ng gathered that he quoted the president to have said he is confident the security agencies would restore the country’s glory.