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Separationist activists are miscreants and criminals in disguise — Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has claimed that some separationists activists are miscreants and criminals in disguise.

The green chamber’s leader who was reacting to the insecurity across the nation said that all efforts must be made to articulate a political, economic, military and policing strategy to address both the manifestations and root causes of the emerging security threats in the country.

According to a press statement sighted by NewsWireNGR, Gbajabiamila said; “miscreants and criminals masquerading as separationist activists have emerged to wreak havoc, take lives and commit economic sabotage against fellow Nigerians and the state.”

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The statement which was signed by Lanre Lasisi, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker stated; “These people, in their inclination for devastating violence against fellow citizens, their appetite for the destruction of private property, their disruption of academic activities, commerce, and industry, their propensity for defiling institutions of the state, society and community, their refusal to engage in debate, or to consider the possibility of dissenting opinions and alternative viewpoints, are no different from Boko Haram and ISWAP. Given space and time, they will take our nation down the same path of destruction.

“We know from experience that neither appeasement nor overwhelming violence alone will work. We have been down this road before; we know what the consequences of inaction can be.

“We also know that we cannot afford to be reactionary in our approach. This is the time to convene our best efforts to articulate a political, economic, military and policing strategy to address both the manifestations and root causes of this emerging threat.

“Let nobody be under the impression that there is a political opportunity in exploiting this moment.

“This is a time for statesmen to act beyond the petty considerations of politics, to do the hard things and achieve greatness”.

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