North will cease to exist if insecurity is not tackled –Dogara

The immediate past speaker of the federal house of representatives, Yakubu Dogara has on Thursday said unless urgent and concrete action is taken to stop insecurity in the north, the region will come to a grind and will be completely be balkanized.

He expressed regret that the once most peaceful region has now transformed to the epicentre and theatre of violence, sliding into a deep security crisis.

He said the region had become a theatre of violence where all forms of criminality hold sway.

Dogara noted that the North and many parts of Nigeria were witnessing the destabilising actions of Boko Haram and ISWAP as well as the clashes between farmers and herdsmen, banditry, kidnapping, ethno-religious conflicts and cattle rustling.

The former Speaker spoke in Kaduna at a northern security meeting convened by the Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP) to inaugurate the region’s security monitoring committee.

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Dogara, who was the chairman of the meeting, said: “We are confronted with a crisis that is unparalleled in our history. The death spiral appears unstoppable. Increasingly, it is becoming harder and harder to distinguish us from our enemies.

“There was no shortage of early warning signs and, as a matter of fact, our philosophers, such as the late Sa’adu Zungur, had warned that this dystopian era was fast approaching. But we ignored all. We are now paying for our collective negligence.”

The ex-Speaker noted that the North was in the grip of what Soren Kierkegaard called “Sickness unto death”, the numbing of the soul by despair that leads to moral and physical debasement.

“It has become a society that is driven at bits very core by death instinct; the instinct to annihilate and destroy rather than nurture and create.

“As it is, we are now trapped in a prison of mirrors, where revealed lies are answered with new lies. With all these, it’s like our slow motion walk to self-Apocalypse is assured,” he said.

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Dogara regretted that of the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), only Kwara State and the FCT are relatively peaceful or have the lowest rate of insecurity.

According to him, the other 18 states are inflamed by one form of violence or the other that stifles all aspects of life in them.

Dogara said everyone is guilty of waiting for the government to solve the problems in the region.

The ex-Speaker stressed that the real problem facing the country is the failure to provide effective leadership and organise a society that works for all.

“A peaceful and orderly Northern Nigeria then was more engaged in the pursuit of justice rather than pursuit for order. In tackling these problems, we must realise that guns do not kill and killing the violent does not necessarily bring peace except peace of the grave.

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“Violence is taking roots because our leadership model has been exposed as a lie, an empty ideology used to satiate greed instead of addressing social inequality and injustice.

“We are running out of time. It is crystal clear that the North cannot withstand the kind of contradictions that exist now. The North is on fire ignited by us, either by our actions or by what we permit or allow.

“Those who truly love the North must now come out and accept responsibility and begin the salvage mission, bearing in mind Professor Andrew Haruna’s warning: ‘The North was handed over to us in one peace; we must, therefore, not pass it to our children in pieces.”

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