Governors must handle security in their states – Dickson

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jun 22nd, 2014

imageBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has called on his colleagues to take the issue of security in their respective states more seriously.

According to him, the constitution empowers state governors to maintain law and order in their domains, recalling that the intervention of governors in the Niger Delta region brought about the existing peace and stability in the region.

Speaking when the Shehu of Borno and Chancellor of the Bayelsa State owned Niger Delta University, Alhaji (Dr.) Abubakar Ibn Umar Garba El- Amin Elkanemi visited him at the weekend in Abuja, Dickson appealed to political and religious leaders to be mindful of the comments they make in the face of the current security challenges in the nation.

“This is a time to unify Nigeria, not a time to balkanize Nigeria. The challenges here should not be politicized. We should come together and confront it,” he said.

“Our view is that political leaders should refrain from making comments capable of inflaming passions. Our comments should reflect support and empathy for our security agents, and not seek to score cheap political points.

“We talk about the abductions and the killings. All people of goodwill are with the people of Borno, the northeast and I believe strongly that, Nigeria shall soon overcome this scourge,” Dickson said.

Responding, the Shehu of Borno said as the first traditional ruler in the north to have been targeted by a suicide bomber, he would remain resolute and supportive of any process that would restore peace, harmony and unity to his over 1200 year-old kingdom in particular and Nigeria in general.

He said the Kanem-Borno empire had never been conquered by power, stressing that Boko Haram was set to fail, the same way Maitatsine failed in the 1980s.

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