‘Tackle insecurity’ – Senate Minority Whip urges PDP Presidential Flagbearer

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The Senate Minority Whip, Sen. Chukwuka Utazi, has urged the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, to think critically about how to tackle insecurity head-long.

Utazi made the call while addressing newsmen on sundry national issues at the National Assembly complex on Wednesday in Abuja.

Reports state that Utazi assumed office as the new minority whip on Tuesday.

He urged the candidates and the PDP hierarchy to go to the drawing board and plan to tackle the nation’s complex challenges and stop frolicking for their victory at the primaries.

“This is what we expect the presidential candidate, in fact, the PDP, as a party that wants to take over to look at this issue critically.

“The time for primaries has come and gone. Any serious-minded party should return to the drawing board and get the best of the planning team because any establishment’s planning department is the organization’s engine room.

“Nigeria has thousands of good people that can solve the problems of Nigeria. Politicians need to speak about the moment and the security of our people. Unemployment is a time bomb.

“How do you have a level playing ground for that sector to thrive? If you have a level playing ground for the private sector to thrive, they will employ what the government will do.

“They should withdraw from running up and down; nobody should see them; people will think they are not serious about it.

“A serious political party should test its policies by discussing issues. They test such policies and see the feedback from the society; they go back and re-tune it and present it at media houses.

“This is so that you already know what you want between now and September for the campaigns.

“While doing such, you are also recognising the critical hands that can implement such policies for you. It’s not a question of after winning an election, you spend months trying to look for ministers,” he said.

He further said that buying arms and ammunition and chasing terrorists and other criminal elements in society with such weapons would not effectively solve the country’s insecurity.

According to him, focusing on the effects of insecurity without getting to the cause to uproot it would amount to effort in futility.

 

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