Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has urged the Federal Government to stop politicising matters concerning national security.
According to the Governor, President Muhammadu Buhari’s inability to take personal charge of the nation’s security and engage “stakeholders” on national security has resulted to the politicising of security by some APC leaders.
In a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Agbo, on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, governor Dickson accused some chieftains of the APC of taking advantage of the dysfunctional federal structure to hijack the security architecture in order to torment innocent citizens for their selfish gains.
The governor said the wind of insecurity blowing across the nation, and especially the rise in herdsmen/farmers clashes are not unconnected to the politicisation of security by the Federal Government.
Governor Seriake Dickson warned that if the Federal Government fails to urgently unite the people of Nigeria to avert the nationwide senseless killings, Nigeria would cease to have a future.
He also emphasised that the country is more than ever before too divided and unstable under the APC- led Federal Government and called on President Buhari to personally handle security matters while engaging with state governors to find out the particular challenges in the different states.
The governor further called on the president to call his party leaders especially, those in Bayelsa State to order, saying they should stay away from sponsoring insecurity in the sate.
Some APC leaders in the state, he said, were using the name of the president to compromise security by intimidating security agencies, stockpiling arms and ammunition, killing and ransacking communities at will.
Mr. Dickson said he had formally reported the matter to the president and relevant authorities but rather than bringing the perpetrators to book, the Federal Government not only protected the criminals from prosecution but provided them with security.
The Governor said:
“These APC leaders exploit the fact that Mr President is not personally involved in the handling of national security to breach national peace and security.
“They know that he is not in charge of the critical issues of national security because he is not personally handling them the way he should.
“So they take advantage of the President’s attitude and the dysfunctional Nigeria state to intimidate and blackmail security agencies for their selfish interest and in the process, endanger the safety of lives and property of Nigerians.
“These APC leaders use the name of the President to sponsor criminals to unleash savage violence on innocent citizens.
“Their aim is to cause panic and force them to align with them. A case in point is in Bayelsa State where some APC leaders hide under the protection of the Federal Government to stockpile arms and ammunition to maim and kill innocent citizens just to instill fear in them.
Continuing, Seriake Dickson said: “I have personally reported this to Mr. President and to the best of my knowledge, there has not been any decisive action from him or the Federal Government.
“Instead of prosecuting these criminals, the Federal Government has beefed up security around them. The politicisation of national security must stop for there can be no country without security!”