Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Dr Kayode Fayemi, has stated that the country’s security condition necessitates a determined effort to address it.
Fayemi remarked at an event in Ibadan that the country’s current predicament did not deserve blame politics or opportunistic opposition, but that “it is time to develop a nation and not to squander it away.”
According to the Nigerian News Agency, Fayemi stated that Nigeria requires patriotic statesmen and women, not rumour mongers, ethnic crisis merchants, and provincial individuals of little minds who see everything through the lens of ethnic and religious conspiracy.
He believes that one method to stop the present wave of insecurity is to recruit a big number of people to join the police and military, either on a temporary or permanent basis.
He pointed out that amending the law establishing the Nation Youths Service Corps was one of the cheapest and fastest solutions to deal with the problem (NYSC).
Under a specific arrangement that will be worked up, the Governor highlighted that the existing orientation camps can be used to teach willing and able graduates to reflate the security personnel.
He stated that corps members who are unable to join the military might volunteer in their communities without remuneration.
According to existing data, we will require a minimum of 200,000 soldiers to increase our men’s fighting capability.
“This is a huge amount that might turn into a financial and logistical disaster, but we can’t wait any longer.”
“The ungoverned zones needed to be promptly closed up by motivated men with a single goal in mind: to save the country.”
That brings us to the second issue: funding and arming big recruitment forces.
“By doing so, we will be able to use the existing orientation camps to teach willing and capable graduates to retrain security personnel under a specific arrangement that will be worked out.”
“That way, the fund that is currently deployed to the NYSC can be used with just some additional funding, which could be sourced through a national emergency fund for the next five to 10 years.
“Those who cannot join the military services can serve in their community without pay, if we must still retain the NYSC for everyone.
“To incentivise those who may volunteer to serve, they will have a separate certificate and medal of honour in addition to having priority for military, paramilitary and civil or public service recruitment after service.
“We also need to encourage investment in the real sectors that can engage people and reduce unemployment, which is a major source of insecurity,” the NGF chairman added.
Fayemi, however, said he has confidence that though, the situation might look helpless, sooner than later, the security situation would see a significant improvement and that Nigeria would come out stronger from this moment of national distress.