By Gbenga Oke
Rivers State governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has called on security agencies to be more decisive in their approach to all forms of threat to the nation’s peaceful co-existence.
Peterside, when he visited Donu Kogbara, the kidnapped Vanguard columnist who was, weekend, released by her abductors, called for a more decisive approach to addressing the scourge of kidnapping, insisting that security was essential to the growth of the nation and must be taken serious by all.
Peterside, who was at the Port Harcourt home of the columnist to rejoice with her and her family, thanked God for her safe return and delivering the columnist from her captors.
He said: “Security is critical to development, therefore, kidnapping and all forms of threat to society’s peaceful existence must be tackled head-on. For me, the starting point is the economy. We must rebuild our economy so as to pave way for employment opportunities for every idle hand, not just in the Niger Delta but in every part of the country.
“As a people and government, the security and well-being of our people should be the barometer for measuring our success. It is only when we have sufficiently addressed the issue of safety that we can confidently say that we are truly on course. For that reason, those in authority, particularly security agencies, must redouble their efforts towards tackling crime and prosecuting its perpetrators. The prevailing climate of fear in some parts of our country must cease.”
He called on all tiers of government to do everything within their power to guarantee the safety of lives and property as we all march into a new Nigeria.