ENUGU, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Martin Onovo, NCP presidential candidate at the 2015 Presidential Election, has expressed dismay, deep sadness over the spate of bomb explosions and wanton destruction of property and lives in Nigeria.
Speaking to our correspondent, a few minutes after the triple bomb explosions in Ajilari, Borno state, which killed many on Wednesday, Onovo said: The Nigerian government should urgently etch in stone robust security architecture to overrun and overwhelm the terrorists and hoodlums, who have been unleashing mayhem on the populace.
Onovo emphasized the responsibility of the Nigerian government to abide with the spirit and letters of Section 14 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which stipulates that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.
While elaborating on how robust security architecture is to be established in Nigeria to significantly reduce insecurity, Onovo said: Nigeria’s security framework must be set up to:
- Provide adequate and appropriate welfare to the Nigerian armed forces.
- Provide adequate and appropriate munitions to the Nigerian armed forces.
- Motivate the Nigerian armed forces.
- Allow a points-based performance evaluation.
- Meet international best practice.
Onovo, an eminent petroleum engineer, also said that, in line with international standards, robust security architecture must clearly define and indicate:
- Corrective action capabilities.
- Work processes.
- Feedback systems.
- Surveillance system.
- Monitoring system.
- Intelligence gathering.
Onovo believes that Nigeria is immensely endowed with the resources needed to transform it into a highly developed nation-state; and that subsisting widespread suffering and decay in the country would end whenever the resources of the country are appropriately and efficiently utilized by intelligent, resourceful, competent and honest characters.
He advised the APC-led government to wake up from lethargy and slumber, otherwise landmark dividends of democracy may not be achieved under the current administration.