Under Buhari, National Security Is Politicised – Dickson


GOVERNOR Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government has politicised national security.

The governor further advised President Muhammadu Buhari to personally supervise security matters as well as engage state governors with a view to knowing their specific challenges in the various states.

Mr. Dickson also called on the President to call his party leaders especially, those in Bayelsa State to order, to desist from sponsoring insecurity in the sate, adding that the president’s to personally take charge of the nation- security and engage critical stakeholders on national security have made some APC leaders to politicise security.

A press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo, on Wednesday, accused some APC chieftains of taking advantage of the dysfunctional federal structure and the imperfect Nigeria structure to hijack the security architecture to torment innocent citizens for their selfish ends and by so doing, causing national insecurity.

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-These APC leaders exploit the fact that Mr President is not personally involved in the handling of national security to breach national peace and security. They know that he is not in charge of the critical issues of national security because he is not personally handling them the way he should.

-So they take advantage of the President- attitude and the dysfunctional Nigeria state to intimidate and blackmail security agencies for their selfish interest and in the process, endanger the safety of lives and property of Nigerians. These APC leaders use the name of the President to sponsor criminals to unleash savage violence on innocent citizens.

-Their aim is to cause panic and force them to align with them. A case in point is in Bayelsa State where some APC leaders hide under the protection of the Federal Government to stockpile arms and ammunition to maim and kill innocent citizens just to instill fear in them.

-I have personally reported this to Mr. President and to the best of my knowledge, there has not been any decisive action from him or the Federal Government. Instead of prosecuting these criminals, the Federal Government has beefed up security around them. The politicisation of national security must stop for there can be no country without security!” he said.

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Dickson added that the wind of insecurity blowing across the nation and particularly the upsurge in herdsmen/farmers were not unconnected to the politicisation of security by the Federal Government.

The governor said he had formally reported the matter to the President and relevant authorities but regretted that instead of bringing the perpetrators to book, the Federal Government, to his utmost chagrin, not only shielded the criminals from prosecution but provided them with security.