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Former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has advised the federal government to stop the killings of Nigerians by bandits across the country.


Obi said he would not stop to add his voice in condemning the continuous rise in insecurity across the country. He regretted that Nigerians live in fear, even though, the country practices democracy.


He said insecurity has caused precious lives of Nigerians, destroyed properties and separated families. Obi said insecurity has put Nigerians in fear not knowing when bandits would attack their homes and kill their loved ones. He advised the federal government that Nigeria cannot state she practices democracy when the citizens lack freedom due to activities of bandits and criminal gangs.


On Sunday, June 9, while condemning killing of nine policemen in Zamfara, the former governor of Anambra State said, “I must, for the best interest of our nation, continue to add my voice against the ever-rising tide of insecurity in Nigeria. It has cost us precious lives, caused damage to properties and denied us opportunities for progress and development.


“Above all, the viral insecurity has curtailed the freedom of our people to enjoy peace and happiness in a land of democratic freedom. Democracy without freedom from fear is a farce.


“I read with sadness the reports of the recent killing of seven mobile police officers by armed bandits in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State. The bandits also killed five other residents in the attack.


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“Last Tuesday, no fewer than 30 Nigerians were killed in separate attacks in the Dutsinma and Safana Local Government Areas of Katsina State by terrorists. Also, two days ago, terrorists were reported to have invaded the Bassa community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, killing 20 people in the attack. Families are constantly left in agony over the killing of their loved ones by terrorists. Sadly, the monster of insecurity has continued to rear its ugly head in every part of the nation, leaving in its wake, tears, blood, and death.


“We must not allow the killing spree to continue in our nation. The government must act and protect the very precious lives of Nigerians and keep the nation safe by fishing out the perpetrators of these crimes and bringing them to justice.


“The life of every Nigerian matters and must be protected. I extend my condolences to the families of the killed police officers, the Nigeria Police Force and the other victims of insecurity in the different parts of our nation. We shall overcome.”