Nyesom Wike, Rivers State governor, has tackled President Muhammadu Buhari for asking governors to fix insecurity in their states.
Buhari in an interview with Arise TV last Thursday, said he told two South-west governors who came to meet him in Abuja, to return to their states and tackle the security challenges their people are facing.
“I told them you campaigned to be elected and you are elected. I told them (to)go back and sort out themselves,” Buhari had said.
However, while inaugurating a road project in Etche Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, Wike said the President cannot abandon his constitutional responsibility of securing Nigerians to governors when he is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
In a statement issued by Kelvin Ebiri, the governor said Buhari’s responsibility is not just to borrow money on behalf of Nigeria.
“Mr President, you’re the Commander- in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You appoint Inspector General of Police (IG), you appoint the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Director of Department of State Service (DSS) and other heads of security. Which one do we appoint? How can people appointed by Mr. President be under me?” Wike asked.
“It is not only to borrow money for Nigeria that you’re in charge. You must also be in charge in other things including security. Who signed order 10? Is it the governors? It is not when things are going bad concerning security, and you say you’re not in charge, and it becomes governors’ responsibility.
“Mr President should have come out openly and said, my APC governors, stop worrying me. Go back to your states and do your work. On that, I support him.
“Thank God, Mr President knows that I am not one of those that go to visit him over one problem or the other. I, as the governor of Rivers under PDP, you’ll never find me there.”
Wike further said the Federal Government should admit that it can no longer fulfill promises made to Nigerians.