A former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC, Imo), has said over 75% of Nigerian citizens are angry at the turn of events in the country.
Okorocha stated this in Abuja when he hosted the Ona of Abaji and dozens of other Muslim faithful, including the physically challenged, to break Ramadan fast on Monday evening.
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He said that nothing useful can come out of a country with so much bitterness and anger.
“You can’t solve a problem unless you know the causative factor.
“The cause of our Nigerian problem lies in injustice and poverty and the quicker government moves to address the issue of injustice, the better it is for our nation to reduce the level of anger on the nation,” he said.
Okorocha said the twin factors of injustice and poverty were responsible for the current level of insecurity in Nigeria.
The APC Senator said if the government hopes to reduce the level of anger in the country, it must begin to tackle every sense of injustice and do all that is possible to make the people happy.
‘Military approach not enough’
Okorocha urged the federal government to change its approach at addressing the country’s acute insecurity, saying military onslaught only against insurgents and bandits is rather worsening the situation.
The lawmaker, therefore, advised the government to engage people in dialogue and establish a national security council at the grassroots.
“The Nigerian government must change its style.
“It appears that the old style of force and ordering of military equipment to fight the insurgency war has not helped us. It is even increasing rather in geometric progression despite the efforts of the government.
“So, the government must change its style. This is a time to start making more engagement and we should declare our national security council in various rural areas.
“People should be encouraged, engaged in discussion and come up with the lasting solution to the problems,” he said.
‘Blame game not solution’
Okorocha said abuses and anger will not help solve the problem.
He said what the country needs to find is a new approach to the situation that will replace anger with love.
“This is not a period to play blame games, make abuses or criticisms because that has not helped us.
“If abuses and anger can solve the problems, they would have helped this nation by now.
“So, we have to change our style as a nation and imbibe the spirit of brotherhood, prayers and love,” Okorocha said.