Erstwhile governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has sated Nigeria is presently experiencing its worst insecurity in history under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The former vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the 2019 elections made the claim while appearing on a Channels TV programme on Sunday.
He noted it was unfortunate the country has increasingly become unsafe under a government which came to power with the promise of tackling the insecurity situation in the country.
When asked “is this perhaps the worst situation we have seen in the country”, the former governor said: “I have said so, yes, considering where we are today.”
He continued: “We (the opposition) are not the only ones protesting (the insecurity), even the churches are.
“So it has come to a critical stage where every Nigerian knows we are living in whatever you can describe it as.
“And if you go globally, from all indices of measurement of security, we have fallen below the scale.
“In terrorism now, we are just after Afghanistan and Syria. We have never gone that low. We have upsurge in all forms of criminality, whether it is kidnapping, robberies and all sorts of crime. How do you tackle it? Economy,” he added.
“If you have 98 million people living under poverty, the consequent could be several millions who don’t know where the next meal will come from will be criminals.
“Changing the IG of police will not solve that problem. That is why we need to look at the economy. The economy of the country is turning south and collapsing and more people are being pushed into unemployment situations.”