Former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim has revealed that he had met with President Muhammadu Buhari in October, 2018 where he offered some pieces of advice in tackling insecurity in Nigeria.
He said on the order of President Buhari, he put up some suggestions that would have helped the Federal Government which he submitted to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, but the letter blocked by the late Chief of staff, Abba Kyari.
Three years later, Anyim wrote another open letter to President Buhari, a copy of which was seen by CAPITAL POST in Abuja on Monday, warning the President that the magnitude of insecurity would destroy the fabric of the nation, if nothing was immediately.
Part of the letter read: “Mr. President, you may recall that on the 5th of October, 2018, I had audience with you in your office.
“In that meeting, with your then Chief of Staff, the late Mallam Abba Kyari, in attendance, we touched on a number of issues including the insecurity in the country and about which you directed that I should do a short brief on my suggestion and forward to your Chief of Staff.
“Mr. President may wish to know that I did as you directed and submitted my suggestion to your then Chief of Staff on the 20th of October, 2018.
“I have decided to do this open letter just to be sure that it will get to you, because I suspect that the private one did not get to you.
“Most importantly, I would not have bothered to write you this letter if the unfortunate and avoidable circumstances we have found ourselves in, as a nation, have not continued to fester to the magnitude of threatening the fabric of the nation.
“This letter, therefore, is to reconvey my earlier suggestion which, I want to believe, did not get to you.”
He maintained that most geopolitical zones of the country have been engulfed in crises and agitations in one form or the other, which have gone beyond the control of government.
“The perilous threats to our national sovereignty at the time you took over the reigns of power in 2015 were the Boko Haram insurgence in the North East; the armed agitation in the Niger Delta Region, and the IPOB agitation in the South East.
“Mr. President, on your assumption of office the most striking promise you made to the nation was to tackle insecurity with emphasis on reclaiming the territories occupied by Boko Haram.
“I must admit that you did approach the insecurity challenge with commendable determination but unfortunately, the challenge, with time, became hydra headed and no doubt went
beyond your control.
“Before I proceed with my suggestion, may I first put in perspective the basis of the position I will canvass in this letter.”
The ex-lawmaker and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation in the letter, described the situation as “bloody theaters of war”, while he urged Buhari to raise panel that would address ethnic concerns which he believes were the architects of the crises.