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Insecurity- CSO seeks a roundtable meeting with American Embassy, British Council

Bukola Afeni

A group of Civil Societies Organization is seeking a roundtable meeting to have an audience with the British High Commission and the American Embassy to resolve the issue of insecurity in the country.

The group while submitting a petition to the British High Commission and the American Embassy in Abuja, said the roundtable or town hall meeting will proffer a possible solution to solving the issue of banditry and insecurity in the country.

The Leader of the group, Barrister Phillip Akpavie disclosed that the roundtable meeting will enable the group to deliberate with the British High Commission and the American Embassy and proffer possible solutions to the region facing a high risk of insecurity in the country.

He added that the petition is to highlight the need for international organizations to know that there is a need for intervention and support.

“There is no nation that can succeed on its own. We all need the support of one another. We are requesting a town hall meeting where the issue of insecurity will be discussed. We want to change the narrative, and tell our story the way it is out there. We do not want a wrong story about our country.”

Barrister Olasunmbo Ojomu who represented the International Religious Freedom Roundtable said the group submitted a petition to the United States Government and the British High Commission on behalf of the Civil Society organizations, the people of the middle belt, and victims of banditry and insecurity.

“The petition is to seek an audience with the representative of the two countries so as to have a round table and also seek solutions to the issue the country is facing at the moment. We are writing a letter to the Ambassador of the United Kingdom and America, seeking further engagement. We want to organize a roundtable where the people living in the region with a high rate of insecurity will air their views and grievances. “

She noted that Nigeria was delisted from countries of particular concern while stating that Nigeria is a country of particular concern, and the citizens need answers to some of the questions regarding the new development.

Mr. Peter Ezekiel the President of Irigwe Youth movement called on international organizations to support the masses to make positive change in terms of insecurity in the country.

“We are here this morning to express our displeasure regarding areas where incessant attacks are taking place on a regular basis. Places in Southern Kaduna, Jos, and Borno state are experiencing some incessant attacks.

“We feel that Nigeria belongs to all of us and we need to come together to proffer possible solutions to the issue at hand. We want to tell the world, what is going on in the country. On several occasions, we have had meetings with the Federal and State governments so as to resolve some of the issues. We felt the efforts is not enough, and we need to do more to move the country forward.”

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