Ondo State governor and president of the Southern Governors’ Forum Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has denounced the bandits’ attack on President Muhammadu Buhari’s convoy on Tuesday in Katsina State.
According to Akeredolu, who characterised the bandits’ action as audacious; the security situation in the country has deteriorated at an alarming rate.
In his office in Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital; the governor hosted a few of his former classmates from the Loyola College, Ibadan class of 1968–1972 on Wednesday, July 6.
Akeredolu highlighted that his colleagues’ demand for the Situation Police is a response to the current state of the country’s security; which he described as having gotten worse rather than better.
”It is not an effort at self-aggrandizement,” he said.
Also, in terms of the country’s security challenges; Akeredolu claimed that the threat posed by bandits and ISWAP has eclipsed the one posed by Fulani herdsmen.
“For me, state police is not for self-aggrandizement. It is a reality of the time. For us in the South and even in the North; I know so many of them that have come to accept that a single command of Police is not good for this country. This country is too big.
“We will continue to make our voice heard everywhere. We are almost there. And we are licking our wounds here over the June 5 attack in Owo. It is a serious wound.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) government’s recent wave of instability; as well as the arrogance with which terrorists devastate the defenceless have been denounced by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement released on Wednesday, July 6, by the PDP’s national publicity secretary; Hon. Debo Ologunagba, the party claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC government was involved in the majority of the attacks.
Specifically, the party asserted that the concurrent terrorist attacks on President Buhari’s advance guard in Katsina State; as well as the correctional facility in Kuje, Abuja; highlight the breakdown of the security command and control structure.
Further, the terrorist attack in Katsina, the fierce invasion; as well as the release of hundreds of terrorists and convicts from the Kuje Correctional Facility; according to the PDP, branded the APC-led administration as having failed; inefficient, and poorly planned.
Meanwhile, the party claims that the country’s recent surge in terrorism has increased fears of APC collusion; adding that this further proves that Nigerians are no longer safe.