Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan at the weekend said the use of brute force and weapons will not solve the insecurity challenges the country is currently facing.
He therefore admonished the Federal Government to devise new means of solving the intractable problem of insecurity that is bedeviling the country.
He spoke in Abuja at the 50th birthday party of former Minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka, saying the fight against crime and criminality should be strategic with a coordinated approach by all security agencies in the country.
Jonathan noted that the rising level of crime and the success of criminal elements was an indication that more deployment of sophisticated technology is needed to be ahead of the criminals.
“With the level of armed robbery and other crimes going on, it shows clearly that bullets alone cannot solve them. It requires top-quality programmes of government. It requires technology, it requires a lot to stop armed robbery and all forms of crimes, including corruption that we talk about every day.
“Because it is difficult to stake a rule and think that that would solve the problems. As you are killing armed robbers, others are picking pockets in the same arena, and that is the kind of society we are in today. Things are becoming more complex with the introduction of IT that is now ruling the world”.
The former president praised Chidoka who served under him as minister, saying he is proud to have worked with him.
The ex-president pointed out that the former Minister remains one of the best public servants that has served the government and the country.
He added that he will always remain on the right side of history because of his dedication and passion to serve his fatherland without bias and sentiments.
“The day you (Osita) were born was the day armed robbers were first shot in Nigeria. It speaks a lot, very unique. Luckily you are not an armed robber. But gone were the days when armed robbers were being shot.
“The celebration of Osita’s 50th birthday shows that he is a special person. So, it is a happy moment for all of us. Osita Chidoka is a blessing to the nation and those close to him know him very well”, Jonathan said.