Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, has insisted that the Federal Government is not interested in protecting Nigerians following the rise in the spate of criminal activities across the country recently.
Governor Wike made the claim while speaking on a programme on Channels Television, according to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, on Wednesday.
According to the governor, President Buhari has failed to demonstrate the political will needed to resolve the issues of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities bedeviling the country.
The statement read: “The issue of security is paramount in governance and when a government cannot protect life and property, then that government has failed. There are no two ways about it. There is no propaganda that can solve the problem.
“The President of the country has not shown enough strength to say I am willing to fight this insurgency; I am willing to fight insecurity problem in this country. As a leader, when people see you are willing to do something, I can tell you, you will see that people will come out and give him their best.”
Governor Wike noted that contrary to the views of those in government at the federal level, it is not a shame for President Buhari to admit that his government needs help and solicit for support from the international community to resolve the current security quagmire.
He said it was heart-wrenching to hear the Governor of Niger State, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, lament how the Federal Government’s nonchalance to the security challenge in his state paved the way for Boko Haram to overrun over 50 communities.
The statement read: “I think the federal government is not interested in the protection of life and property of Nigerians.
“If you are incapacitated, there is nothing wrong asking for help from people who have the capacity, who have what it takes to solve such problem. You don’t need to shy away because Nigeria is an independent sovereign country and therefore as a President of a country, you don’t need to seek help from outside.”
The governor called for the procurement of requisite equipment that will enable the military and other security agencies to effectively tackle insecurity in the country.
“If you listen to the security men they will tell you they lack equipment, they lack what it takes to fight terrorists or insurgents. They will tell you that, look, we don’t have the equipment,” Wike said, maintaining that the prevailing insecurity across the country was a pointer to the salient fact that the country urgently requires State police to tackle terrorism,” the statement read.