Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has been accused of trivializing and politicizing security issues in the the State by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Party made the declaration while reacting to the re-establishment of the C4i security outfit which was previously set up by former Governor Chibuike Amaechi but disbanded by the present State Government.
APC, in a statement issued in Port-Harcourt on Friday by its Spokesperson, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke,noted that the decision of the State Government led by Governor Wike at the inception of his administration to dismantle structures put in place for the security of Rivers State was obviously flawed and ill informed.
Chief Nwuke noted that:”It is now clear to everyone that the Government has been living in self denial over factual claims that the Rivers people are facing increasing security threats.”
“Former Governor Rotimi Amaechi invested heavily on the establishment of a security apparatus and the construction of C-4-I checkpoints, which guaranteed safety and enabled Rivers people to sleep with their two eyes closed.”
“He even got Israeli experts to train members of a special Police squad in order to combat crime and keep our people safe.”
“Governor Wike when he assumed office, decided in his effort to destroy the legacies left behind by his predecessor to dismantle all that was put in place to protect the people and ensure a steady growth in the economy of the State.”
“For us, the issue of security is not something to play politics with. It is critical to safety, peace and stability. More than that, it is central to the attraction of investments which help to drive State and national economies anywhere in the world.”
“Goverments which understand the basis of the sacred oath taken by its functionaries know that protecting the lives and property of the masses is serious business.”
“Governor Wike must admit that he made a costly mistake when he decided for selfish and political reasons to treat security related matters the way he did at the inception of his administration.”
“Now that the Governor has realised that today’s security challenges could have been avoided if he sustained the momentum, he should do well to apologise to Rivers people who have been at the receiving end as a result of the needless steps that he has taken while in office.”
“We are happy as a Party that by taking steps to relaunch the C4I outfit established by the current Minister of Transportation, Governor Wike has exonerated his former boss who meant well for Rivers people.”
“While we wish the administration luck in its effort to return to the drawing board, we are glad that the Rivers people who have put up with outright lies, acts of blackmail and misinformation, know who fought for their common safety as a Governor.”
“They equally know by know now who fought against the protection of lives and property and accordingly, endangered the peace and security of the State”, the statement said.
It added, “Given the fact that Governor Wike has realised his mistake, will he also take steps to restore the huge agricultural farms, the fish farms, model primary and secondary schools as well as health centres that he has allowed these years to go to waste? The people of Rivers State are watching and waiting for answers.”
Governor Wike had on Thursday, April 1,2021, relaunched the C4i security outfit in the State.
He presented 29 operational vehicles,200 bulletproof vests and helmets to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubukar Adamu who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 16, Austin Agbonlahor and the State Commissioner of Police,Compol Eboka Friday.
The Governor who promised to procure more equipment for the Police in the coming weeks,tasked the Police to rid the State of criminals.
His words:”We must take the war to them (criminals). Let them know that enough is enough. All those people who think they can collect money from contractors, who think that they can kidnap contractors and threaten people, you must go all out for them .We can’t continue with this kidsglove. Enough is enough. Don’t allow them to kill your men before you go after them. ”