Don’t concern yourselves with Politics, Wike task new security chiefs


Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike has charged newly appointed security chiefs shun politics and concentrate on strategy that will enable them to end insurgency in the country.

Wike, who spoke during an interview on Channels Television in Port Harcourt said Nigerians had lost confidence in the former service chiefs, thus, the clamour for Buhari to sack them. He applauded Buhari for listening to citizens.

“They must understand that challenges are enormous and so they have a lot of work to do. They should not concern themselves with politics,” Wike said.

Wike accused former Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai of political bias citing the arrest and detention of recruits of the Rivers State Neighbourhood Watch Safety Corps who were undergoing training at the National Youth Service Corp orientation camp at Norwan in Rivers State by the Nigerian Army on the directive of the then Chief of Army Staff.

The governor described Buhari’s claim that the security situation in the country has improved far beyond what the situation was when he assumed office in 2015 as erroneous.

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“Things have gone very bad,” Wike said. “Everybody knows that insecurity has reached the level where everybody was saying change the service chiefs. If it was good, nobody will call for their sack. Even in his party, the APC said the insecurity has gotten to a level we cannot bear again.”

Wike pointed out that despite the withdrawal of $1 Billion, estimated to be above N450 Billion from the excess crude account to procure armament to fight the insurgents, security has continued to deteriorate.