Elder Wole Oyelese Calls for Restriction Along Northern Borders
Wole Oyelese, former minister of Power and Steel and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, has advised the Federal Government to curtail movements along the northern borders of the country.
While saying that a state of emergency should be declared on Immigration and the Customs along the Northern borders, Oyelese believed such a measure would check the daily insurgency of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
According to him, there are strange movements in the South Western part of the country, calling on the security agencies to swing into action to arrest the situation immediately. He also advised President Goodluck Jonathan to act with urgency as there is no time to waste under the circumstances.
In a statement in Ibadan, the former minister said with this, the country would keep the terrorists outside and cut the line of supply and would prevent future attacks on innocent citizens.
“The step, if taken, would no doubt, make the country hit hard on the citizens of our northern neighbours and also engage in search and onslaught; but then, this is what emergencies are all about. This is no time for sentiment or a situation to play the big brother,” he said.
He told Nigerians to stop fooling themselves about the problem being faced; wondering when military fatigue and bullet proof vests became part of the paraphernalia of Fulani herdsmen.
According to him, “Given what has just happened in Jos, Plateau State, it is now more than ever clear that our country is under invasion and government if it must survive, must wake up and take decisive action. We cannot lose any more of our citizens.”
The former minister, however, warned that it would be naive at this time to still believe that the Boko Haram or terrorists’ insurgency is a purely Nigerian affair though it is now apparent that some elements within are now capitalising on “our unpatriotic attitude to our citizens’ welfare. The sect has only come handy as a tool for the outside forces.”