FG should take re­spon­si­bil­ity for in­se­cu­rity- Sen. Waku

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Balarabe Alka­s­sim

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party PDP led Federal Govern­ment has been ac­cused of shy­ing away from the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­tect­ing the lives and prop­er­ties of Nige­ri­ans amidst grow­ing in­se­cu­rity in many parts of the coun­try.

Se­na­tor Joseph Waku made the as­ser­tion while ad­dress­ing news­men at the APC na­tional sec­re­tariat in Abuja yes­ter­day, when he led a del­e­ga­tion of APC stal­warts to in­ti­mate the na­tional lead­er­ship of the party on the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Benue state.

Waku lamented that, de­spite the glar­ing re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try es­pe­cially in the North-East­ern and North­Cen­tral parts par­tic­u­larly in Benue State,the pres­i­dent at a re­cent func­tion in Bauchi State blamed the gov­er­nors of the re­gion for the in­se­cu­rity af­fect­ing their states.

He said in a sit­u­a­tion where the govern­ment which con­trols the se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus turns around to blame the state gov­er­nors who have no con­trol of se­cu­rity agencies amounts to fail­ure of the PDP led ad­min­is­tra­tion in pro­tect­ing its cit­i­zens.

“Govern­ment needs to be sin­cere in its ap­proaches to the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try. The Federal Govern­ment should take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the in­se­cu­rity in the coun­try” He said.

Ear­lier, in­terim state chair­man of the party, Bar­ris­ter Targema Takema, said the sit­u­a­tion in Benue is be­yond what many people took it to be.

“What started a few years ago as oc­ca­sional skir­mishes be­tween our farm­ers and Fu­lani herds­men has now snow­balled into a full scale sus­tained in­va­sion of Benue state and par­tic­u­larly Tiv and Idoma com­mu­ni­ties, Vil­lages and now ma­jor towns by well armed, trained and blood­thirsty mer­ce­nar­ies who are not only raz­ing down our set­tle­ments but killing most in­dis­crim­i­nately women,Chil­dren,youths, the aged and even the di­a­bled,” he said.

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