By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Saturday tasked Nigerian leaders to shun partisanship and come together to collective fight insecurity in the country.
The governor stated this while receiving governors of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, his Kwara State counterpart, Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, and a former governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima, at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan,
Engineer Makinde stressed that with Nigeria as a country presently facing issues and challenges , the time has come for leaders in the country to rise up and promptly tackle the insecurity and other issues threatening the Nigeria national interest.
” Yes we know that our country is currently going through issues and challenges, but as leaders, at this point in time, it is a time for us to come together. It is not about sentiments because we have to explain to our people, the citizens, the residents of our various places, our various states that countries do go through challenges but when the leaders cast aside partisanship, come together to tackle that problem, then we have a chance to succeed”, he said.
Governor Makinde added, “so, I want to encourage all our leaders in the North -East faced with security issues. Even yesterday, we were at Benue in Makurdi and they have challenges also. Three or four days ago, I was in Sokoto and Zamfara. They have banditry but these are not challenges that we cannot surmount.”.
” The only thing that we need is for us, as leaders, to pull together. And for me, I offer myself irrespective of party, to build bridges that will ensure that we come together to defeat all the problems that we are currently having.”.
The Oyo State governor while lauding Governor Zulum for his efforts in tackling insurgency and banditry in his state congratulated him for a well-deserved award being conferred on him by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Worldwide.
“On behalf of the government and people of Oyo State, welcome again to your own city, Ibadan. We want to congratulate you on the award being given to you by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Worldwide. I think the award is well-deserved and we congratulate you on that.”
The Borno State governor in a chat with journalists after the courtesy visit urged Nigerians not to allow sentiment to destroy the culture of peace in the country, saying the nexus between peace, security and development cannot be over-emphasised.
“You have seen and heard what has been happening in the far North-East. It is because of lack of peace and therefore, I am calling up on all those that are residing in these tension towns and in generally the North West to be careful of not fueling crisis because nobody knows what will happen at the end of the crisis”, he said.
The governor added, “the state and non-state actors should also be very careful when the chips are down, the masses will suffer. This is something very important. Their father and grand-fathers will suffer. The rich men will pack their property and go.”