Why sacked service chiefs failed to end insurgency, by Wike
’Next president will spend tenure fixing rot caused by Buhari, APC’
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, yesterday, attributed inability of the military to end insurgency in the North East and other parts of the country to alleged involvement of service chiefs, particularly former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, in politics.
According to Wike, the next president of the country will spend his tenure fixing ethnic, religious and socio-economic problems created by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor made the comment during official presentation of letter of nomination to him for “2020 Extra Ordinary Personality of the Year Award” by management of Silverbird Group at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
He noted that since APC administration assumed office in 2015, religious intolerance and ethnic division have deepened. “And worst still, is the politicisation of security.”
Wike said despite the glaring insecurity, religious and ethnic division in the country, officials of the Federal Government have continued to lie that Nigeria is now more united and secure than ever.
“You were witnesses to how, under Buratai, the army was exposed to politics, which have never happened in the history of this country. Soldiers began to carry ballot boxes. I have never seen that. We used to talk about police, now it’s no longer the police.
“Professionalism is no longer there and that is why it is difficult to fight insecurity. Instead of then to concentrate and map out strategies to tackle insecurity, what they were interested in was Rivers State. Who will we send there to make sure the election is rigged? The former Chief of Army Staff will even call Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel Rivers State election because of his interest. I have never seen this kind of thing in my life,” Wike said.
According to the governor, it was regrettable Buratai failed to condemn his personnel who allegedly invaded INEC office in Port Harcourt a day after the governorship election in 2019 in an attempt to subvert the wishes of the people, instead, he chose to shield them from prosecution.
“If there is a country that really means well for its citizens, the former GOC in Rivers State would have been dismissed from the Army, but because he was sent by his so called leaders, they have to protect him. That is the country that we are in, and that is why we think the media should come up and tell the world some of these stories,” Wike said.
He maintained that whoever becomes President in 2023 will spend his entire reign trying to resolve the various socio-economic crisis caused by the present administration.
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