- The Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello has reacted to the use of thugs by some politicians
- Bello explained why there is a link between dirt politics and insecurity
- The governor addressed the rumour that he hired miscreants to help him win elections
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said the use of thugs and criminals during elections is causing security problems for the country.
The governor told Channels TV on Wednesday, December 23, that the safety in the country will improve when politicians stop using thugs.
“When politicians begin to stop the use of thugs, touts, or some group of criminal that is when we will begin to have safety and security.”
He stated that political miscreants have become trouble when they are abandoned after election seasons.
Bello also said he won both his first and second terms without using thugs, noting that the security agencies are aware that he never played dirty politics.
The governor said he refused to play dangerous politics as other politicians do.
“When I came on board, I inherited a state that was largely divided along several lines. For you to aspire to be anything politically in Kogi State then, you must have what we call ‘boys’ or thugs or touts and then use it to intimidate people during political dispensations."
Meanwhile, the Kogi governor alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort to secure the country is being frustrated by politicians.
Speaking at an event on Friday, December 18, Bello said security agencies should expose those sabotaging the efforts to make the country safe.
According to his spokesperson, Mohammed Onogwu, the governor called for strong actions against the saboteurs.
In other news, the Department of State Services (DSS) has claimed that there are plans by terrorists to bomb some places during the Yuletide period. DSS disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, December 22.
It consequently called on all Nigerians to be on the alert, The Cable reported. However, the agency says that it is taking steps to prevent attacks across the country.
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