By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on all Nigerians to support the Nigerian Armed Forces to fight crime, because insecurity affects everybody, irrespective of political affiliation.
Speaking during a State Banquet in honour of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, at the Government House Port Harcourt on Thursday night, Wike said when there was no peace, governance suffers.
He said: “Everybody must join hands to fight crime and insecurity. This is because insecurity has no political affiliation.
“When there is no peace, there will be no governance. When there is insecurity, the revenue of the state will be negatively affected and it will be difficult to support the security agencies with logistics and finance”.
He said the security agencies were doing their best in Rivers State as they had made the state one of the safest places to live and do business.
The governor said Nigerians must learn to commend security agencies for their service to the country, pointing out that there was nowhere in the world where there were no security challenges.
“I want to commend the Chief of Army Staff for achieving the great feat of bringing the Boko Haram insurgency to the barest minimum,” he said.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, also commended the military for their service to the nation and urged them to continue to provide security in the Niger Delta.
In his remarks, Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, said the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army had come to stay as it is programmed to provide maximum security for the core states of the region.
He lauded the Rivers State Government for appreciating the setting up of 6 Division through the special banquet.
He said: “Security is a collective responsibility. We must work together to achieve the best results. Strong inter-agency cooperation is vital to improving security “.