Govs better placed to fight insecurity – Kalu
By Gabriel Chy Alonta & Lawrence Nwimo
Former governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has blamed the state governors for the incessant security challenges crippling the country.
Nigeria has for some years faced different waves of security challenges ranging from banditry, tribal wars, herdsmen attack, militancy and more challenging, the farmers/ herdsmen attacks that has claimed lives of innocent citizens in various states of the country.
Speaking to journalists while on a special visit to Stanel Oil and Gas mega centre (Stanel World) in Awka, Anambra State, Orji Kalu blamed the state governors for rising spake of crimes in the country arguing that it is the major responsibility of the state governors to secure the citizens under their care in their states.
“I have said it in Kogi state last night when I paid a courtesy call on the governor. The governors should play more role in this security problem.
“I took the bull by the horn to solve security problems in Abia state when I was the governor. People were not coming out when I became governor in 1999 and before six months, they can leave their car and go to anywhere.
“I borrowed the same style to Anambra state and cleared the criminals in the state. So, the governors should not be crying everyday blaming President Muhammadu Buhari because they have a role to play. I say this because I was a governor for eight years.
The ex-Abia state governor urged governors to build good relationship with the traditional rulers and partner with the security leaders to improve security in their states.
He added that that the governors must ally with the communities to checkmate the activities of criminals and criminal elements stating that if governors are in good terms with the community, the communities will tell them who is committing the offence and where to get them.
High points of the visit was inspection tour of the stanel facilities by the Senate chief whip ahead of the annual tagged “Stanel Youths Empowered Master Class,” billed for February 13 & 14, 2021.