Govs to Jonathan: If N/cen­tral is dis­or­gan­ised, you’re dis­or­gan­ised

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Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan must tackle the se­cu­rity chal­lenge in the North cen­tral or risk his pres­i­dency, Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) gov­er­nors from the zone have said.

They gave the warn­ing at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja yes­ter­day when Se­na­tor Amadu Ali led PDP stake­hold­ers from the zone on a sol­i­dar­ity visit to the pres­i­dent.

Speak­ing on be­half of all the gov­er­nors from the zone, Benue State Gover­nor Gabriel Suswam told Jonathan that all the states in the zone were af­fected by the ac­tiv­i­ties of herds­men.

He said they were all wor­ried be­cause most of the strong ar­eas that would bring Jonathan mil­lions of votes in the forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions were be­ing dec­i­mated, while people were mov­ing out en masse.

Suswam said he and his col­leagues were par­tic­u­larly wor­ried that de­spite the mag­ni­tude of the de­struc­tion of lives and property in the zone, the se­cu­rity agents were yet to make any ar­rest.

He said: “Vir­tu­ally all the states in the zone are af­fected by the ac­tiv­i­ties of herds­men in quote. We be­lieve it’s not just the Fu­lani herds­men do­ing what they’re do­ing in the zone, but some in­sur­gents who are cam­ou­flag­ing as Fu­lani men be­cause the Fu­lani men that we all know and have lived with are part and par­cel of the North Cen­tral. We know that they carry sticks and at times, few of them carry dane guns to catch bush meat for Tiv people.

“But Mr Pres­i­dent, what we’ve wit­nessed lately are well trained people trained to kill and de­stroy, and the man­ner of de­struc­tion is so mas­sive and unimag­in­able. The North Cen­tral is very wor­ried. The states mostly af­fected are Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue.

“And as your chil­dren, we’ll not stop cry­ing to you and ask­ing that you pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion on the is­sues af­fect­ing the North Cen­tral. The rea­son be­ing that if the North Cen­tral is dis­or­gan­ised, Mr Pres­i­dent, you’re dis­or­gan­ised be­cause that is where you have your sta­bil­ity and so, what­ever it’ll take Mr Pres­i­dent to ad­dress the se­cu­rity chal­lenges we have in the North-Cen­tral.”

Suswam said: “Last night (Sun­day), the Pres­i­dent-Gen­eral of Miyetti Al­lah spent the night with me in Benue State. He told me there was a need for us to form a joint force, that is, the Benue and the Fu­lani com­mu­ni­ties, to fight these people who are cre­at­ing these prob­lems which shows that these are people who are for­eign even to the Fu­la­nis that we know.”

Re­spond­ing, Pres­i­dent Jonathan said: “The se­cu­rity per­son­nel are mov­ing in to strengthen the con­ven­tional se­cu­rity, that is, the po­lice. But we’re work­ing very hard with the NSA of­fice to make sure that the se­cu­rity chal­lenges we have across the coun­try, whether in Borno State or the kid­nap­ping in Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Abia and so on is checked. We’re com­ing up with dif­fer­ent ar­chi­tec­ture that will deal with this in­sur­gence. As we progress, we will be­gin to bring the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol.”

Speak­ing fur­ther, Jonathan said the gov­er­nors from the North Cen­tral Zone had been sta­bil­is­ing the na­tion hav­ing sta­bilised the Nige­rian Gov­er­nors Fo­rum when it be­came a “monster”.

The pres­i­dent hinted that the Ro­timi Amaechi-led gov­er­nors’ fo­rum wanted him out of the Pres­i­den­tial Villa.

He said: “The gov­er­nors from the zone have been sta­bil­is­ing the coun­try be­cause the way some of the gov­er­nors talk and be­have, if 50 per­cent of the gov­er­nors be­have that way, prob­a­bly, we would have va­cated this place and al­low oth­ers to come and man­age it for us. But they’ve been able to help to sta­bilise the whole coun­try. When the gov­er­nors’ fo­rum be­came a monster and we had a lot of chal­lenges, it was the North Cen­tral that came on board to sta­bilise the gov­er­nors’ fo­rum.”

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