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Group flays NGF over failure to guarantee security of Nigerians

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A group, the United Patriots Assembly of Nigeria (UPAN), yesterday, lamented the deterioration of security of life and property of Nigerians, saying the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has failed the country in its responsibility to guarantee safety.

Its convener, Comrade Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo, said security ought to be the governors’ utmost concern, but noted that the seeming permutation for 2023 general election had derailed the governors from their basic duty to protect the people.

In a statement issued in Benin City, Edokpoloaccused the NGF of being proactive in mainstream and social media only when the Federal Government raised issues of federation account and council autonomy in national discourse.

“Security votes by its nature has never been subject to audit, unless in the very recent past when President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration investigated Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) disbursement of security votes to some party chieftains under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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“It is a fact that security vote is the most attractive concern for gubernatorial office and it is hardly used to tackle insecurity in the states and of the country.

“It is high time the governors constituted an anti-terrorism commission to complement the Federal Government to ensure security of life and property in the country,” he said.

While also lamenting Federal Government’s failure to effectively handle the country’s security situation, he added that it was unrealistic to rely on the presidency alone to fight insecurity, when governors could deploy complementary dragnets towards impactful efforts.

“The anti-terrorism commission should comprise social and cyber security intelligentsia of Nigeria and foreign nationals, with a view to radically and holistically interrogating or investigating the root causes of the nation’s collapsing security infrastructure.

“Their attitude towards the security situation in the country is unfortunate as it is regrettable in the sense that an otherwise formidable platform for complementary governance has been reduced to self-inflicted irrelevance, the statement added.

Edokpolo stressed that the current governors forum should know that history was the graveyard of the impact of all political players and that a groundswell of indictment was awaiting those of them who were failing their states and the country.

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