Former Nigerian High Commissioner To Ghana, Senator Musiliu Olatunde Obanikoro, has expressed delight at the recent declaration of state of emergency in three states of the North.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday declared state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states to curb killings and violence perpetrated by insurgent groups, particularly the Boko Haram, the pseudo-Islamic group which activities have led to over 2,000 people killed in the last three years.
Senator Obanikoro described the President’s action as being politically, morally and religiously right. “Thank God the President has done the right thing politically, morally and religiously and not only me, I know majority of Nigerians support him on this and I want to say kudos to President Jonathan for taking this decisive step,” the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for Lagos State in the 2007 general elections said.
He lamented that thousands of innocent souls have been lost due to the activities of the insurgent groups through what he described as madness and reckless activities of those he described as disgruntled elements.
“They have negatively impacted on our values, way of life and they have inflicted untold hardship on all of us psychologically and physically,” the former representative of Lagos Central Senatorial District in the Senate said.
According to Obanikoro, the time has come for Nigerians to come together and be patriotic towards the unity of the country hence the need to collectively tackle any group or individual whose actions and activities can threaten the unity, security and territorial integrity of the nation.
“This is not time for partisanship but time for patriotism hence we should do things that will uphold the unity of the country,” he said.