Federal Government not interested in protecting Nigeria –Wike

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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate his commitment to the war against insurgency and insecurity in the country.

The governor said the prevailing insecurity in the country was disturbing and reiterated his call for state police to boost internal security.

Wike declared that no government can provide good governance when it fails to protect lives and property.

He said, “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.”

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He said the reasons insurgency, banditry, cultism, and other heinous crimes besetting Nigeria had continued to fester was because the Federal Government has failed to admit it lacked the capacity to tackle these security challenges bedevilling the country.

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He added, “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.

“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.