By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna
Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 governorship election in Kaduna State, Dr. Jonathan Asake, has disclosed that security would be his number one priority if elected.
He attributed the lingering insecurity in the state to lack of political will by the government, saying, if there is a will, there is a way to solve the problem of insecurity in the State and the country at large.
Asake made the disclosure during a media parley at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna State Council on Friday.
While condemning the killing of LP women leader in Kaura local government area of the state, Mrs. Victoria Chintex, Asake said that the killing was politically motivated.
Speaking further at the media parley, he called on the security agencies to immediately arrest and prosecute her killers.
“Security will be our number one agenda when we come on board, because security is so important for the life of every citizen as captured in section 14 of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Our agenda draws strength directly from that constitutional provision. From my experience both in the private and public sectors, I have an idea of what insecurity could cause.
“Today, many farmlands have been deserted by farmers due to banditry, kidnapping, terrorism and other forms of insecurity. So, if farmers cannot go to the farm, that means there will be food insecurity which will affect our survival as humans.
“Investors have also moved their businesses to more secure states and countries.
“In fact, a lot of people who are privileged to build houses cannot stay there anymore. Some of them are now tenants in their former tenants’ properties.
“Why is it difficult to track down these kidnappers with the advent of technology? The money these people are collecting is not spent in the bush. They find their way into our banks.
“So, when there is a will, there is a way and if we have the will to solve the problem of insecurity in the state and the country, we will be solving 60% of our problem as a people”, he said.
Still on the insecurity, Asake however, explained that many schools have been shut down because of insecurity. Schools like Greenfield University, Joy Schools, Engravers College among others are examples of the unpleasant effect of insecurity.