By Rotimi Ojomoyela, Ado-Ekiti
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Judicial Affairs, Human Rights and Legal Affairs, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, has expressed concern about the growing waves of kidnappings, banditry and killings, saying the situation called for concerted physical and spiritual warfare, rescue the nation from the brink of collapse.
Bamidele, who represents the Ekiti Central Senate District in the Senate, appealed to Nigerians to pray in the spirit that abounds in the birth of Jesus Christ against the worsening insecurity in the country.
The Congress of All Progressives stalwart said 2020 has been a memorable year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the violent #EndSARS crisis that led to the partial shutdown of the nation’s economy, and expressed confidence in that such debilitating events may not resurface with a change in attitude. and prayers in 2021.
Bamidele said this Wednesday in Ado Ekiti, in his congratulatory message to Christians on the occasion of the Christmas holiday.
The federal MP said that as the nation approaches another fiscal year, the time has come for President Muhammadu Buhari to hone security architectures and prepare them for the real task of securing the nation and its people.
“2020 has been plagued with a series of hateful and distasteful narratives for Nigeria. The global pandemic and the #EndSARS protest hit the nation so hard, negatively affecting the economic well-being of the people.
“Nigerians will not quickly forget the 43 farmers who were beheaded by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state, and the 343 students abducted from the Kankara Government School of Science in Katsina.
“These were apart from other horrendous cases of kidnapping and murder in the geopolitical areas of our country, which makes everyone feel in danger and perceive governments as not really capable of protecting citizens.
“The main core of any government is the protection of life and property as stated in the constitution and the government must demonstrate the ability to be able to fulfill this onerous duty towards Nigerian citizens.
“Citizens must complement whatever efforts the government is making by embracing rebranding efforts and changing their attitudes towards life.
“As citizens, we must avoid corrupt trends, criminality, and actions that would further aggravate the current socioeconomic problems that shake the foundations of our nation, because our destiny is in our hands.
“But we cannot stay spiritually strong to make supplications when we are disunited and wallow in iniquities.
“Let us display love, sacrifice, piety in the Christmas spirit, and remain committed to reorienting our nation on the path of sanity and greatness.”