Ex-AGF Aondoakaa charges leaders to address cost of living through citizens’ security 

A former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mike Aondoakaa, SAN, Tuesday, stated the importance for elected officials and appointees to address the current hardships faced by Nigerians by fulfilling their democratic responsibilities.

Speaking with journalists in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, Aondoakaa highlighted the need for government leaders to reciprocate the public’s support by prioritising security and reducing the cost of living, particularly food prices.

Aondoakaa pointed out that leadership must maintain public faith in democracy, warning that severe hardship could lead to unrest.

He also dispelled the notion that only the federal government is responsible for delivering democratic benefits, advocating for local government autonomy to directly address community needs.

Supporting President Bola Tinubu’s efforts towards local government independence, Aondoakaa recalled unsuccessful attempts at autonomy during Musa Yar’Adua’s tenure due to opposition from governors.

He expressed hope that the current hardships will prompt a reconsideration of local government freedom.

Acknowledging President Tinubu and Governor Alia’s achievements within their first year, Aondoakaa urged further action to mitigate hunger and insecurity.

He argued that improving security would significantly reduce hunger since many Nigerians are farmers, but are deterred from going to their fields due to safety concerns.

Aondoakaa expressed appreciation to God for taking him up to 62 and also thanked God for giving him a united family, adding that at his new age, he would live a happy life devoid of grudges against anyone and respect for elders in order to live by example for the younger generation to emulate.