Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, has urged Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, the Chief of Army Staff, to withdraw all soldiers attached to politicians as security orderlies in the country.
Governor Wike said this when the army chief led senior military officers, including the new General Officer Commanding, 6 Division Port Harcourt, Major-General Sani Mohammed, on a courtesy visit to the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday.
The governor charged the Chief of Army Staff to make a difference by fighting the myriads of security challenges in the country ranging from banditry to terrorism, kidnappings, and militancy among several others.
He said: “The country is facing a lot of insecurity now. So withdraw these soldiers from politicians so that the soldiers can go and do their work.
“In those days when you see a soldier, you run. These days, it is difficult because soldiers have been exposed to politics.
“I want you to make a difference to say that what your interest is to protect Nigerians, fight bandits, insurgency and not to carry ballot boxes.”
Governor Wike also reiterated his stance that he lacked confidence in the leadership of the former service chiefs led by General Gabriel Olonisakin (retd.).
According to him, the move necessitated his decision to oppose the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) endorsement for the fresh withdrawal of funds by the Federal Government for the fresh withdrawal of funds to fight insecurity.
He, however, called for more collaboration in the fight against insecurity.
The Chief of Army Staff was accompanied on the visit by the Chief of Military Intelligence, Brig-Gen Abdurahman Kuliya; Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Muhammed Yerima; Provost Marshal, Brig-Gen Olatunji Olayinka; the Chief of Staff to the COAS, Brig-Gen MI Abdulkadir; and other Principal Staff Officers of Headquarters 6 Division, including the Commander 6 Division Garrison, Brig-Gen Tayo Adio.