Insecurity: Ndume Accuses Southern Governors Of Engaging In Blame Game

Insecurity: Ndume Accuses Southern Governors Of Engaging In Blame Game
Ali Ndume

Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume has accused the Southern Governors Forum of engaging in blame game by calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to address security lapses in the country.

The lawmaker also faulted the ban on open grazing by the Governors, saying they deviated from the real issues.

Ndume made these assertions while speaking to reporters in Abuja on Wednesday.

He expressed that Governors as Chief Security Officers of their respective states ought to know what to do to stem the growing tide of insecurity across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

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He said: “As far as I am concerned, this blame game will not solve the problem. Governors are the Chief Security Officers of their states, so, why are they talking about the President without talking about themselves?

“The governors are deviating from the matter. The problem is not about open grazing. The problem is security. Most of the security problems confronting Nigeria are not in the bush.

“We have four different types of security challenges. We have the insurgency in the North East, IPOB, through the Eastern Security Network, is creating insecurity in the South East. There is banditry in the North-West.

“It is only in the North Central that we have issues of farmers-herders clashes. There are fewer problems in the South-West except for the clashes between the herdsmen and the farmers, and the agitators for the Yoruba nation.

“Similarly, in the South-South, they are trying to instigate the Avengers but so far the area is peaceful.

“The issue of insecurity is unique to each zone. President Buhari has taken charge of the security personally now.

“It used to be the Chief of Staff or the Minister of Defence who was having meetings with the Service Chiefs but today, the President has taken charge of the problem.

“That is a good development and I hope we would start seeing results but the most important thing is for them to be provided with necessary equipment to prosecute the war and their allowances should be paid in time.”

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