17th August, 2017
The Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen has reaffirmed the commitment of the judiciary to ensure that peace and justice reigned in the country.
He gave the commitment in his goodwill message to the National Economic Council (NEC) sponsored Security Summit in Abuja.
“I bring you good will of the judiciary of this country.
“Our commitment to ensuring that things are done differently and fair manner and our commitment to having a better Nigerian society where peace and justice reign.
“I want to tell you also that although we always way that there are two sides to a coin, in reality, there are three sides to a coin.
“And in our situation in terms of where we found ourselves today, it is my personal view that insecurity, corruption, and impunity are the three sides of the same coin which ought to be taken holistically if we have to move the country forward,’’ he stated.
According to him, there is the need for the commitment of all Nigerian, especially the hungry and those who feel deprived, whether rightly or wrongly, to be able to carry the message through.
Onnoghen stated that those who cry out might not really be having problems where they were pointing out but there was the need to attend to such cries in case the cry was right.
He noted that it would ensure justice and security and would quell the many agitations in the country.
The Zamfara Governor and Chairman of the governor’s forum, Abdulaziz Yari, stated that about 99.9 per cent of insecurity emanated from the states with a little coming from the federal side.
He observed that security was a primary responsibility of government to secure the lives and property of the citizens.
Yari stated that the governors had been shouldering so many responsibilities on the provision of logistics to the security operatives to stem insecurity at the grassroots.
According to him the governors are doing extremely well in collaborating with security agents and would continue to do so.
He also highlighted the mission of the federal government to achieve security and fight corruption and hailed the administration for its focus.
The governor noted that in spite of the progress made in fighting insecurity in the North East there was a resurgence of attacks on the people which he described as unfortunate.
The governor said that security could not be achieved without tackling the economy adding that the unemployed youth were the agents used to foment trouble.
He, therefore, suggested that efforts should be made to engage the youth to keep their minds off crimes.
Yari mentioned the diversification into agriculture but noted that in the past 10 years only N400 billion was invested by all stakeholders into agriculture but in 2010 alone AMCON bailed indebted banks with N4 trillion.
He said only N23 billion was invested in agriculture in the past two years which was not enough to engage the youths.
He said it would be important to tackle the youth problems while also investing in security personnel and apparatus to have a totally secure country.