The elders made the demand Wednesday at an extraordinary summit held in Abuja themed, “State of the Nation: The Rising Spate of Killings Must Stop”.
The summit, organised by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Pan Niger Delta Forum, came up with a communique on the issue of federalism and restructuring Nigeria, Daily Trust writes.
In the document jointly signed by Leader Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) Chief Edwin Clark; Convener Northern Elders Forum (NEF) Prof Ango Abdullahi; Leader Afenifere Socio-Cultural Group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, and President Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, the elders condemned the general state of insecurity in the country in recent times with several communities at the mercy of marauding killers.
According to the leaders affected communities perceived government to be complacent with the killings that claimed over 3,500 lives in 2017 and even much more in 2018.
They decried the rising number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), now put at 4m currently from 1.5m in 2015, in addition to the fact that Nigeria had degenerated from the 136th to 148th position on the corruption perception index out of the 180 countries surveyed in 2018.
Speaking at the event, former president Olusegun Obasanjo said the Federal Government under President Buhari is “incompetent and incapable” of addressing the killings and poverty in the country.
“The obvious indication is that the government is seemingly confused and has got to the end of its tether and the nation is being left divisively and perilously to drift. Earlier last week, I noted in a speech some undesirable elements being allowed and being introduced to our democracy by this administration. If these are not stopped, they could be the death knell of our democracy,” he said.