Forget the Census, focus on insecurity Col Umar tells Buhari

Forget the Census, focus on insecurity Col Umar tells Buhari
Forget the Census, focus on insecurity Col Umar tells Buhari

Col Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd) has requested that the census slated for next year be postponed.

Following a meeting of the Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, the Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Alhaji Nasir Isa Kwarra, stated that the Council had decided that the census be conducted by April 2023 at the latest.

“It is really vital,” Isa-Kwarra added, “because I have stressed that the Census is a very important exercise for the nation.” Because censuses create the data that we utilise for policymaking, planning, and development by the three levels of government and the business sector.”

However, in a statement issued on Friday, Umar, the Chairman of the Movement for Unity and Progress, urged the Buhari government to focus more on combating insecurity.

“The FGN’s decision to seek and obtain authorisation from the National Council of State to conduct a national census in April 2023 must have come as a huge surprise to most well-meaning Nigerians.”

“A country confronting grave issues like as unprecedented levels of insecurity and a disintegrating economy cannot prioritise the conduct of a national census.”

“As a result, we urge the Buhari government to halt what will amount to a miscalculation and waste of limited national resources.” This administration should devote its whole attention to safeguarding the country and executing the elections in 2023. A national census is not a priority at this time, even if it is possible to perform one.”