The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Saturday, said the security issues affecting Nigerian cannot make it a failed state.
Lawan stated this while launching the 2021 empowerment programme to 2000 beneficiaries of Katsina central senatorial district.
Recall that Financial Times in December 2020, said Nigeria was on the brink of becoming a failed state.
The international business newspaper made reference to insecurity, stalled economic growth and weak institutions as some of the country’s biggest challenges.
Governors elected under the Peoples Democratic Party on Friday, also stated that the nation is becoming a failed state if the security issue is not attending to.
Lawan, however, said those projecting Nigeria as a failed state “are missing the point”.
The Senate President said if Nigeria did not become a failed state under former President, Goodluck Jonathan,
He said if the country did not become a failed state during the era of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, then it was impossible for it to fail now.
“Those who were saying that in the present circumstance caused by insecurity, that Nigeria could turn a failed State, approaching a failed State or may likely end up a failed State, are missing the point because Nigeria can never be a failed State,” Lawan said.
“Again they forget that when a state of emergency was declared in some parts of the North-East during the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Nigeria did not turn a failed state, let alone the present.”
Lawan called on all stakeholders to work with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to overcome the present challenges facing the nation.
In another development, members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect have attacked a community in Adamawa State killing five people and abducting an unspecified number of women.
It was gathered that the insurgent group also destroyed houses and other property and made away with residents’ belongings.