•Says ‘I’m not a governor that expects President to secure my state’
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Friday said that he would not tolerate buck-passing but ensure that Governors take responsibility for security in their states and are held responsible for breaches when he becomes the President of Nigeria in 2023.
While noting that President Muhammadu Buhari could not be in every state of the federation ensuring the security of lives and property when there are chief executives in place in the states, he, however, said states would be empowered to rise to the challenges.
Governor Bello said this while answering questions from journalists at the ongoing 2nd Annual GYB Seminar for Political and Crime Correspondents and Editors in Abuja on Friday.
He insisted that he would not play politics with the security challenges in the country because it was a result of the failure of various administrations in the past.
He said, “I refused to politicise insecurity. Buhari is a man who loves truth and reality. I will let you know that Mr President loves this country. “This insecurity is not a thing of Mr President even though we shouldn’t pass the buck because that is why we came on board. It is a successive failure of various administrations.
“Let me remind us once again that certain military and police hardware were non-existent or was last purchased in the administration of former President Shehu Shagari. After the bomb blast incident in Ikeja cantonment, did Nigerians ask whether the arms and ammunition that detonated and killed some people were ever replaced since then?
“After the various decays, the foundation was shaky and the President spent a lot of money to buy equipment. The President will not sit in the Villa and hold AK-47 to come and secure my schools and roads.
“Some of these crimes that we see today are more than what we see on the surface. I will never come out here and point out the flaws. Whatever I observe, in terms of loopholes and lapses, it is between myself and the President to let him know.
“I will never be that governor who will come out and tell that the President did not secure my schools and roads.
That is why as the Chief Security Officer of Kogi, I ensured that I brought the rate of crime from the zenith, down to the floor and the President is assisting me to succeed in that area. “I am sincere about fighting crimes and criminality. If all of us as Chief Executives are doing what we are supposed to do, Mr President’s job would have been easier.
“But if I become the President, I will ensure that every Chief Executive of the various federating units sit up and do their jobs. I will not tolerate any lackadaisical attitude or passing of the buck to the centre. I will ensure that various federating units are strengthened.
“Majority of some of these crimes are politically motivated, especially the recent ones we are witnessing. However, the issue of security can never be brought out to the public so you would not expose your country to danger.”