Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has said that the Nigerian army isn’t interested in the fight against Boko Haram, rather in causing disruption in his state.
The governor said this, in reaction to the disruption of the training of the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency Training programme by the army recently.
According to Wike, in a statement on Thursday, Nigeria can’t be safe, if his state his unsafe. He noted further that, the army was causing insecurity in the country just to attract more security votes, making mention to the $1b the army got from excess crude oil account.
See full statement below
The disruption of the training of the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency Training programme by the Nigerian Army is the worst act of irresponsibility, aimed at instigating insecurity In the State.
The Army is not concerned about the killing of soldiers in Borno. They are only interested in creating insecurity in Rivers State.
If you don’t want Rivers State to be safe, then Nigeria will not be safe. They want to use their guns against us.
Zamfara and Kogi States have vigilante groups. They commissioned them and the Chief of Army Staff did nothing. The House of Assembly passed a law approving the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency.
The Army is the agency causing insecurity mainly to attract more security votes. They collected $1Billion from our excess crude account, yet our soldiers were killed.
All they are doing is to intimidate people for political reasons. When you fight a state blessed by God, you will crumble. Nobody can intimidate us in Rivers State.
We did not hire boys for political reasons. This has been a transparent process and that is why the personnel are trained at the NYSC Orientation Camp at Nonwa.
We involved the Police and the DSS to ensure that the trainees are profiled for the good of the society. The main aim of this agency assist the security agencies with intelligence and information, since there is a lacuna in this regard .
The State Government will continue with the training. All the antics of the Nigerian Army will not deter the government and people of Rivers State.
No one man has been a Chief of Army Staff forever. Every job has an expiry date. When Buratai leaves office, he will be held to account for his illegal actions.
If they stop the training elsewhere, personnel of the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency will be trained at the Government House Port Harcourt .