Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman, has said that it will be difficult for Nigeria to achieve meaningful growth and development in the midst of insecurity.
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Michael Jegede, the Senator, representing Kogi Central Senatorial District in the Upper Chamber, made this remark while reacting to the spate of Bombings and terrorist attacks in the country.
Over 15 people were reported to have died and 52 injured last Sunday, when suicide bombers and gunmen attacked two churches in Jos, Plateau State, and Biu, Borno State.
Appealing to perpetrators of such heinous acts to have a change of heart and allow peace to reign supreme, Abatemi-Usman, noted that the continuous killing of innocent lives was not the best way of going about whatever grievances anybody or group may have.
He wondered why the attacks would be coming at a time when the people and government of Nigeria were yet to get out of the shock created by the Dana Air crash, which claimed over 160 lives on June 3, 2012.
The Senator, however, urged the government to rise up to the challenge of tackling the problem of general insecurity in the land.
“How long will this killings of innocent souls continue? There is no way we will be able to make any meaningful progress in the country, if nothing is done to stem this continuous mass murder of helpless Nigerians. Those involved in this dastardly act should have a rethink and embrace peace. The government on its part must intensify its effort and put up strategy in dealing with this menace, as well as addressing socio-economic problems especially unemployment,” Abatemi-Usman appealed.