Speaking at the 78th birthday celebration party of President Muhammadu Buhari, members of different organisations have asked that Nigerians support the Buhari-led administration to tackle issues of insecurity. The event which was hosted by the I Stand With Buhari (ISWB) organisation held at Unity Fountain, Abuja on Thursday.
National Legal Advisor of the Women For Buhari and Osinbajo group, Ambassador Fatima Jibeta while addressing those present, said that security was of collective interest and the era of blameshifting should end. Security, she said, needed both women and men. “Security is everybody’s business.
It is not a matter of man and woman. In politics youths and women are champions,” she said. She also called on security attachments to public office holders to stop acting like private secretaries to the people they are attached to while asking women to prepare to take over elected positions in 2023. She said, “You people in security have to make serious efforts. Police officers should stop carrying bags for political office holders, they should employ P.A.s, they are too stingy, carrying bags is not part of your duty.
“In politics, youths and women are the champions but after you use them you dump them. 2023 will be a different ball game. Youths and women should get ready. Wake up and know your rights We have been with Buhari and Osinbajo since 2014, we sacrificed our wealth, sacrificed ourselves and when we reach for important things they say forget them.” Alhaji Abdulwahab Korede, National Patron, Buhari Campaign Organisation asked Nigerians to exercise patience as Buhari was working on security as well as make security their major concern. He said, “The problem of security in this country today concerns everybody and we should not shift it on Mr. President alone.
When we talk of insecurity of the nation people concentrate on the Federal Government. The state government and local government are also involved. You and I are also involved.” He admonished that the problem of insecurity was not peculiar to Nigeria and lamented that too much time was spent berating the federal government and too little was done by citizens. “The problem we are having is that we see something and we don’t say something. When you see something you must say something. Insecurity is everywhere, in France, Canada, America it is the same thing. Nigeria is not an exceptional country.”
Some told reporters during a media interaction that pressure should be mounted on state and local governments on issues concerning unemployment and advised the youths to think creatively so they could also employ labour and stop over-dependence on government. Jessica Torkwase, an organiser of Buhari themed campaigns said, “I want to advise the youths, it is not all about white-collar jobs. We need to use the talents that God has created us to start buildings things.
How much do whitecollar jobs pay? You collect a little salary and you don’t know what to do with it. Why can’t you be creative and using the talent that God has given you to create jobs for other people? Why must you depend on the federal government?”