Abdulhakeem Adegoke Alawuje, Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and National Coordinator, Disciples of Jagaban (DOJ), affirmed that those behind terrorism and kidnapping in Nigeria are well known personalities and political players.
In a statement on Thursday, Alawuje fingered previous political leaders as those behind insecurity in the country, noting that socio-economic hardship further increased it to unbearable heights.
Though, he did not mention names, but added that desperate politicians brought terrorism in attempts to outdo one another by recruiting bandits, kidnappers and other hoodlums across the country for political gains.
However, the APC chieftain said it was high time the government shared a substantive security responsibility of the nation with citizens since the government alone cannot do it.
“Insecurity has been in the system for a very long time, but became more apparent at the return of democracy in 1999. It was like cancer that spread in our system on a daily basis.
“The previous political leaders created them. It is not normal but our desperate politicians brought it. As a result, every president comes and tries their best and leaves after eight years.
“Politicians ignorantly outdo one another in recruiting bandits, kidnappers and other hoodlums across the country for political gains. Some people even erroneously attribute this menace to religion or race. Stop attaching it to religion or ethics, it's everywhere.
“The act of killing one another and kidnapping innocent people was not part of the Nigerian psyche in the past. Desperate politicians injected it in our youth, and unbearable hardship added to it. Of course when there’s hardship, automatically crimes follow immediately.