- Governor Nyeson Wike has revealed a factor that is responsible for insecurity in Nigeria
- Wike blamed the rising insecurity on the politicisation of security in the country
- The governor alleged that if there is security challenges in any state controlled by the opposition, politics is usually introduced
Nyesom Wike, the Rivers state governor, has stated that the politicisation of security is responsible for the insecurity across the country.
Channels TV reports that while speaking during a courtesy visit by the Charge D’Affairs, embassy of Netherlands at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday, May 8, Governor Wike said when security issues involve opposition states, the authorities play politics.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor said if there is security challenges in any state controlled by the opposition, politics is usually introduced. "The problem we have is the politicisation of security. As an opposition state, once we have security challenges, politics is introduced," he said.
He urged the government of Netherlands to give Rivers state the support to tackle insecurity in the state.
Governor Wike blamed multinational companies for encouraging insecurity by patronising cultists for surveillance jobs.
“Shell is part of the major culprits. Shell divides communities to make sure that the people don’t work together. Shell don’t want to implement memorandum of understanding signed with communities.
“I sat in a meeting with Shell, Agip and Total. It was Shell only that refused to implement the Memorandum of Understanding. Despite the actions of Shell, we shall continue to protect national assets," he said.
On the Ogoni clean up, Governor Wike said that the federal government has not shown seriousness and commitment to the project, adding that they are only interested in the political gain of the project.
Governor Wike said that he remains committed to all his campaign promises, saying that he will work towards fulfilling them during his second term.
He said: “Every promise made, we will try to actualize them. Youths will have 40 percent in the new cabinet. This 40 percent will cover men and women. There will be another 20 percent for women. This means that women will have more than 20 percent in the next cabinet."
Governor Wike called on the Netherlands Embassy to attract agricultural investors to the state for the purpose of job creation.
The Charge D’Affairs, Embassy of Netherlands, Marian Van De Cappello congratulated the Rivers state governor on his well deserved victory during the governorship election. She commended the Rivers state governor for initiating reconciliation between political gladiators in the state. He said with reconciliation, the state experience peace and development.
Capello praised Governor Wike for pledging to increase women and youth participation in his next cabinet. The diplomat said she was also in the state to participate in the clean up of Ogoni.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Wike alleged that the Army staged a coup against the state during the 2019 general elections, describing their actions as the worst in the nation's democratic history.
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