*urges well-meaning citizens to join fight against crime
By KATO P LADAN, Kaduna
With much concerns about the deteriorating state of security in Nigeria, a business tycoon and a former Commissioner of Agriculture in Adamawa State, Hon (Mrs) Patricia Yakubu has said that the issue of insecurity as a plaque disturbing the nation is not the fault of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party.
According to her, there has been serious security threat before the formation of the APC as a party, a challenge every government that came to be has fair share of and the brunts of different types of insecurity.
She said the point in question is that it is a worldwide problem and every country is having its various form of insecurity it is contending with at one point or the other.
“Crime is crime, nobody will wish his country or the world at large to be embroiled in security threats, but being the largest populated country in Africa, because of the economic potentials, the influx of people around the world looking for greener pastures and survival is no doubt contributing to the security issues we are facing in the country.
“I want to categorically say that it is not the fault of APC as a party that insecurity is bedeviling the country, but it is phenomenal and this requires everybody’s contribution to be able to tackle it wholely.
“I’m praying and urging every good NIgerian to come together and contribute little quorta in making sure the country is safe for me and you, for our generations yet unborn having in mind that it will attract foreign investors.
“There are so many channels that one can come in with an idea, advice on what will be a solution to the problems,” Yakubu said.
She attributed the high level of insecurity to the overgrowth of the country’s population, bearing in mind that it was not experiencing this kind of security threat when the population was not up to two hundred million people some years ago.
Yakubu, a widely traveled female politician who has presented papers on agriculture around the world, however, said that Nigeria is the fourth largest country in the world in terms of human capital, making it a country with big business opportunities if it is well harnessed.
It would be recalled that Patricia recently dumped the All Democratic Congress (ADC) and joined APC.
From1999 until 2015, she was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but left because of unfair treatment.
She said that APC’s principles and manifestoes were some of the reasons that made her change her political line of thought from ADC.
She continued to say that despite all odds, APC is a party one can believe and trust in because of its people-focused programmes and mandate to work for the common good of all, especially people in the grassroots and less privileged.
Patricia who contested for the senatorial seat to represent the Adamawa Southern zone and lost in 2015, stated her reasons for leaving ADC to APC was because the latter is a formidable party across the country, especially in Adamawa State.
She is confident that the APC is stronger in Adamawa considering the caliber, and even “the Iroko threes” political personalities in the party, making it glaring and certain the party is what it is to beat in 2023.
She however said, by joining the APC, she is not vying for any position as a priority, but her mission is to take back power from PDP to APC by joining hands with other political associates.
“The essence of joining APC is not to contest any election but joining other politicians in the state, with their wealth of experience and connection, I know we will certainly take back power in 2023,” she said.