Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, an elder statesman and former Special Adviser to President Shehu Shagari on National Assembly matters, on Tuesday assured Nigerians that the current security challenges in the country would soon be history.
Yakasai told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Abuja that many countries currently enjoying relative peace had gone through similar challenges in the past.
"It will be over. If you have been following development in Algeria some 10 years ago after the nullification of the election won by the Islamists in that country, the number of people being killed every day in Algeria was so horrible but today we hardly hear that some people are killed.
"I think the only prominent case that you can cite of recent was when some group of terrorists or insurgents raided a gas factory in Algeria and those people were believed to have come from Libya not from Algeria."
Yakasai said that Nigeria faced similar problem few years ago when the Niger Delta region was taken over by militants.
According to him, the nefarious activities of the militants have become history and the Niger Delta region is experiencing relative peace.
"It's a question of time; time will solve this problem. We were facing the problem of Niger Delta restiveness and nobody ever thought that within a few years time it will be history.
"Today it is history; we don't hear more of vandalism of pipeline.
"We don't hear more of kidnapping and ransom taking as rampant as it used to be and I believe that as we go along, we will come to a time when all these challenges on security matters will disappear."
The astute politician noted that in spite of the security challenges, there was no alternative to democracy.
He pointed out that democracy was the best system of government when compared to other systems of government, adding that it respected the rights of citizens.