ADF President, Prof. Uzodinma Nwala, warns against slide into anarchy
The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), has thrown its weight behind the moves by the House of Representatives to enact laws empowering Nigerians to bear arms for self defense.
In a statement on Monday signed by its spokesman Mr. Abia Onyike, and made available to SummitNews, the group said such a measure would help curtail the excesses of armed marauders and warlords, adding that the nation’s security agencies have failed woefully to checkmate the mass killings going on in several parts of the country.
It cautions that if such a drastic measure is not adopted, the country may slide into anarchy, and unplanned disintegration.
The association called for a return to true federalism, saying that the present unitary system of government has stifled economic prosperity and human liberties.
The group said that the country needed to be governed as a true federal republic with autonomous regions and fiscal federalism.
ADF expressed concern that failure to accommodate true federalism through political reform, the federating units might be compelled to assert their rights to self-determination.
The statement reads: “After a thorough assessment of the current security situation in Nigeria and the concomitant mass killings taking place nation-wide by terrorists, bandits, Fulani herdsmen and other armed groups, we do hereby state as follows:
“That ADF supports the moves by members of the House of Representatives to make laws empowering Nigerian citizens to carry arms, for their self defense.
“ADF believes that such a measure will go a long way in curtailing the excesses of the armed marauders and warlords, as the nation’s security agencies have failed woefully to checkmate the mass killings going on in several parts of the country.
“ADF is convinced that if such drastic measures are not adopted, the Nigerian state would gradually slide into anarchy and a monumental collapse, which may snowball into the unplanned disintegration of Nigeria.
“ADF is convinced that such a situation would precipitate a dangerous conflagration in the West African sub-region with attendant horrible human conditions and scenarios such as an unimaginable refugee crisis which would be an eye-sore to the world community.
“ADF however believes that Nigeria’s salvation lies in the return to genuine federalism as opposed to the current monolithic unitarism which has stifled economic prosperity and human liberties.
“We need to be governed as a true Federal Republic with Autonomous Regions and Fiscal Federalism.
“ Failure to accommodate true federalism through political reforms may compel the federating units to assert their rights to self- determination.”