You ‘re in charge of security not governors, Wike tells Buhari

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Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed his disagreement with President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue of who is to be blamed for recurring insecurity in Nigeria.

Buhari had passed the buck on the insecurity in the country to the governors in an interview he granted Arise Television.  

Wike at the commissioning of the 21-kilometre Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye Road in Etche Local Government Area of the State on Tuesday said the President was economical with the truth and abdicating his responsibility, adding that the power to secure the country resides only with him.

According to the governor, “Mr President, you are the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You appoint Inspector-General of Police, you appoint the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, the Commissioner of Police, Director of Department of State Service, and other heads of security.

“Which one do we appoint? How can people appointed by Mr President be under me?

“It is not only to borrow money for Nigeria that you’re in charge. You must also be in charge of other things including security. Who signed order 10? Is it the governors?

“Mr. President was short of calling names of those governors who run to Aso Rock when they are supposed to stay in their states to see the needs of their states and people. Mr. President should have come out openly and said, my APC governors, stop worrying me. Go back to your states and do your work. On that, I support him.

“Thank God, Mr. President knows that I am not one of those that go to visit him over one problem or the other. I, as the governor of Rivers under PDP, you’ll never find me there.”

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