The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, Friday, called for state of emergency in Plateau and other troubled states.
This, he said, is to check the persistent killing of innocent people in the affected states.
Dalung, who made the call when he fielded questions from State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, condemned the renewed killing of people in some local government areas of Plateau in the past days.
He said the situation was worrisome and had become imparative for President Muhammadu Buhari to impose state of emergency in Plateau, Benue, Zamfara and Taraba so as to put a stop to the unwarranted killings in the states.
He frowned at those blaming the Federal Government over the persistent crisis in the Plateau, saying that the state and local government authorities should be held responsible for the problem.
According to him, “collapse of local government administration had contributed immensely to the inability of the security personnel to arrest the problems.
“The Plateau crisis can be traced to many years of inaction by previous and current administrations in Plateau state despite the Federal Government’s efforts to address the problem.
“It is disheartening that Plateau state has been witnessing killings of innocent citizens in the last four to five days and this is very annoying and disturbing to the government and inhabitants of the state. “I alerted the Federal Executive Council on Sept. 5 on the need to take drastic and emergency measures to tackle the crisis because the local and state governments have failed in their responsibility of offering useful information to security agents despite the huge resources being spent on security.
“It has therefore become imperative for the federal government to declare state of emergency in Plateau and other troubled states across the country so as to put a stop to the killings.”
Dalung warned that nobody should politicize the killing of innocent Nigerians as the Federal Government was doing all it could to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book.
He further stated that the government had already put in place measures to check cases of insecurity, adding that Nigeria needed peace and stability for the country to progress and achieve meaningful development.
He said: “But security personnel alone cannot achieve much in addressing the problem without the support and cooperation of the state and local governments as well as the local communities.
“There is the need for collaboration between all the three tiers of government, the local communities and Youth Councils in order to find a lasting solution to the crisis.”
The Sportd Ministers l identifier lack of strong and dedicated leadership at both local and state levels as main factor responsible for the inability of the combined efforts of the security personnel to check the killings in Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Zamfara and other troubled states.
He, therefore, advocated for the re-reintroduction of Crises Resolution Committee at the local government level.
He explained that the committee’s membership should be drawn from religious bodies, traditional institution, Cattle Breeders’ Association, farmers’ organisations, women and youth organisations.