OWO – A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara while speaking at the 10th convocation ceremony of Achievers University has warned that ungoverned spaces were becoming prevalent in Nigeria with the growing inability of the federal government to exert coercive power or at best maintain a sporadic presence in different parts of the federation.
Yakubu Dogara while delivering a speech at the 10th convocation of Achievers university, Owo, Ondo State said that Nigeria “is at war against itself.”
He also expressed grave concern for the 2023 general elections even as he challenged political leaders to look beyond 2023, work together against divisive tendencies and rescue the country from the precipice of collapse.
At the convocation, the former speaker lamented the seemingly intractable security challenges in the country, warning that no part of the country was secured again.
“This is the long list of other protracted conflicts, including but not limited to Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast that has left scores of people dead and millions displaced, he said”
“We now have daily cases of banditry in the Northwest, organised crime in the South-south and farmer herder clashes in much of the rest of the country,” he said with concern for the future of the country.
Dogara noted that the problem of ungoverned spaces “is prevalent in Nigeria where the government has lost the capacity to exert coercive power or at best maintains sporadic or weak presence.
“We now leave vast forested landscapes across the country for terrorists, bandits and sundry criminal cartels to use as sanctuaries and establish operational bases.”
He stressed further to urge leaders across divides to unite against insecurity.
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