By Lawrence Nwimo, Awka.
The Nigerian Red Cross Society, Anambra State Chapter gave guidelines what Nigerians must do to end the the prolonged insecurity in the country.
The body gave the guidelines on Sunday at its headquarters in Amawbia, Awka South LGA, Anambra State, stating that Nigerians must shun hatred and animosity against one another to defeat the monstrous insecurity in the land.
It also said the citizens must do away with the culture of social, political competitions, ethnicity, as well as economic deprivations of each other and embrace kindness to achieve peace in the country.
Speaking to journalists at an annual event commemorating the 2022 World Red Cross Day, the Chairman of Red Cross in Anambra State, Professor Peter Emeka Katchy blamed Nigerian leaders for being non purposeful in the fight to eliminate crime and criminality threatening the masses.
He also expressed worry over the continued existence of insecurity in the land. According to him, “the problem we have in Nigeria is that we are not definite and purposeful in providing solutions to our problems.
“Red Cross is highly worried because of the wanton killings and insecurity in Nigeria. The miserable loud wailing all over the nation sequel to wanton killings and kidnapping of people is a terrible concern to mankind.
“Today, there is no safe place for Nigerians. Nigeria need to be safe.
Losing life in Nigeria is becoming like an ordinary football play. Nobody is sure of his life these days due to the activities of bandits and the unknown gunmen.
“Unknown gunmen’ is an indescribable nomenclature that exists because Nigerians allow it.
“Every bandit has a father and mother. They came from a family and from a town. The parents and the community leaders should call their children to order. Those nicknamed bandits are owned by people.
Prof. Katchy who remarked that “the government is too slow in ameliorating the security situation” also charged the federal government to rise up to its responsibility.
Speaking on the event theme: “Be Human Kind To Achieve Enduring Truce”, Prof. Katchy enjoined Nigerians to embrace the message of kindness to achieve truce and peace in the society.
Prof Katchy who stressed on the import of dialogue, treaty and equity in achieving peace in the country, argued that development and peace are also interdependently needful and mutually reinforcing to sustainable economy.
However, he reiterated that part of the mandate of the Nigerian Red Cross remains conflict resolution, blood collection through donations, first aid treatments, emergency response, refugee services, health as well as social care.