Tackle Insurgents Head-on, Amaechi Tells FG
Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has urged the Federal Government to tackle it head-on in the country.
The Governor alleged that the Federal Government’s institutions had stolen all the money that was meant for human and infrastructural development in the country.
Speaking while featuring on Kaduna-based Liberty Radio weekly programme, ‘Guest of the Week’ Amaechi also indicted The Presidency for allegedly inciting Muslims and Christians against one another in an attempt to win election by all means, come 2015.
“Until the federal government is ready to first, tackle the underlining factors, including corruption, education and poverty, the issue of insurgency would continue to be a mirage. If the Federal Government could support military through intelligence gathering, which has helped in combating militancy in Rivers State and other states in the region, then it would be a good beginning to end the menace,” he said.
He added that there is need for the federal government to work with everybody, especially the locals in order to know who and where the insurgents live, reiterating that it was the failure of the government in the first place the helped the insurgency to fester on.
Using the Niger Delta militancy as a case study, he said “It took me just two months to deal with militancy in Port Harcourt and if a state could achieve that within that space of time, how much more the Federal Government that has everything it needed at its disposal. At least, if we didn’t stop the militancy, it has reduced.
“The earlier the Federal Government stops inciting Muslims against Christians in order to win election, the better for Nigeria.” “Killing militants was not the solution to the militancy. So we began with infrastructure and gave them economic livelihood because when they know that when they go out, they earn some money, they will not have time to perpetrate evil of this magnitude.
Responding to a question on the squabble between him and President Jonathan, he said, “We are not quarrelling; we just have disagreements over how to govern the country. I have a huge respect for him. But only he is the Commander –in-Chief of Armed Forces and he should be the only person to tell us how to bring Chibok girls back.
On whether he has intention to run for presidency, come 2015 on the platform of All Peoples Congress (APC), the Ikwere-born politician said he could only do that if he has support of minimum of 25 million Nigerians.