The National Chairman, Allied People’s Movement, Alhaji Yusuf Dantalle, on Sunday, slammed the Federal Government for its poor handling of the security situation in the country, saying that the current approach would not work.
According to him, the goverment was only addressing the symptoms of the problems without looking at the root causes.
Speaking to journalists shortly after emerging national chairman of the party at its convention held in Abuja, Dantalle said Nigerians had suffered enough from recycled politicians who had nothing to offer except pains, depression and confusion that had impoverished the country.
He said the frustration and despair caused by poverty and unemployment were responsible for the breakdown of law and order across the country.
He said the government must urgently think outside of the box in finding solutions to the challenges posed by insecurity.
“When you are trying to solve a problem, you just don’t address the symptoms of the problem. What the government is doing today to us at the APM, they are only addressing the symptoms. They are not addressing the root cause.
“Every day you hear that the military kills bandits or terrorists but they keep on coming out. But why do they keep coming out? That tells you that so many things are wrong with the socio-economic and political arrangements. When people live hopelessly and they do not believe in the system as established would protect them, then they would be forced to innovate their own means of survival.
“If people are gainfully employed and they believe that the socio-economic arrangements would provide them with at least 50 to 60 per cent of what they want, they wouldn’t go into terrorism.
“Today, the Academic Staff Union of Universities is on strike and students don’t know when they would go back to school. People do not have what to eat, and they are not living the life they want. The leadership has failed and until we address the situation, this will continue,” Dantalle said.
He stated that the APM was the only political party that fielded a female presidential candidate in the country, Princess Chichi Ojei, a prominent Delta State-born politician.
According to him, the party, if voted into power in 2023, would turn around the destiny of the country and restore its prestige in the comity of nations.
“The forthcoming 2023 general election provides another opportunity to save the nation from clueless leadership. The Party promises a breath of fresh air in governance and compassionate leadership, a departure from the maximum dictatorship of the outgoing All Progressives Congress-led government. Power will be returned to the people on whom sovereignty resides. Nigerians shall be free again,” he added.