Terrorists are here – Oshiomhole warns Nigerians
Oshiomhole urged Nigerians to be ready to work together in unity, with a common target of confronting the multiple challenges of insecurity in the country.
The Governor spoke in an interview with State House correspondents in Abuja shortly after a closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Villa.
He said since terrorists (Boko haram sect) do not discriminate on the account of age, region or religion of victims, Nigerians must speak with one voice and be united in denouncing terrorism in the country.
The Governor said, “My attitude is that Nigerians have to wake up to the reality that terrorists are here. Maybe few years back, many of us didn’t think that was possible.
“I thought we enjoyed living so much that no one will wire himself to take his own life just because he wants to take the life of another innocent person.
“So for me, on the issue of security, all of us must work together. It is not a blame game. The reality is here.
“A terrorist doesn’t know your age, your region or your religion. The evidence is that everybody has become a victim.
“So on this issue, we must speak as a nation, united in a common voice to denounce terrorism and to work together with the Federal Government to fight terrorism decisively.”
Governor Oshiomhole also urged the media not be seen to be celebrating criminality in the country.
“Any other country can give you 10 years visa, not permanent residence. We have no other country. Even in reporting, national interest must be considered,” he said.
On the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress(APC) in his state, the governor said one of the beauties of democracy was that people could move from one party to the other.
He said while the party was losing members, others were joining.
He said, “Democracy is not about grip, we have freedom of association. The beauty of democracy is that people can move front or back, right, left. Some people have joined us from the Peoples Democratic Party in the past months, a member of the House left PDP to join us.”
“As far as I know, there are a couple of issues and that show that we are very democratic. We are open. We believe in inclusive participation.”
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