Insecurity: I won’t tolerate buck-passing as president – Yahaya Bello

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From Chinelo Obogo and Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has said he will not tolerate buck-passing if elected president of the country in 2023.

Bello added that he will rather ensure that governors take responsibility for security in their states and are held responsible for breaches.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant stated this during the second edition of the annual GYB Seminar for Nigeria’s Political and Crime Correspondents in Abuja.

While saying that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be in every state of the federation to ensure security of lives and property when there are chief executives in place, Bello said states will be empowered to rise to the challenges bedeviling the country.

He maintained that he will not play politics with the security challenges in the country since it was as a result of the failure of various administrations in the past.

Bello said: “I refused to politicise insecurity. Buhari is a man who loves truth and reality. I will let you know that Mr. President loves this country.

“This insecurity is not a thing of Mr. President even though we shouldn’t pass buck because that is why we came on board. It is a successive failure of various administrations.

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“Let me remind us once again that certain military and police hardware were non-existent or was last purchased in the administration of former President Shehu Shagari. It was after the bomb blast incident in Ikeja cantonment that Nigerians ask whether the arms and ammunition that detonated and killed some people were ever replaced since then?

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“After the various decays, the foundation was shaky and the President spent a lot of money to buy equipments. The President will not sit in the Villa and hold AK-47 to come and secure my schools and roads.

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“Some of these crimes that we see today are more than what we see on the surface. I will never come out here and point out the flaws. Whatever I observe, in terms of loopholes and lapses, it is between myself and the President to let him know.

“I will never be that governor who will come out and tell that the President did not secure my schools and roads. That is why as the Chief Security Officer of Kogi, I ensure that I brought the rate of crime from the zenith down to the floor and the President is assisting me to succeed in that area.”

Bello further said if chief executives were carrying out their duties effectively, Buhari’s job will be made easier.

“I am sincere about fighting crimes and criminality. If all of us as chief executives are doing what we are supposed to do, Mr. President’s job would have been easier.

“But if I become the President, I will ensure that every chief executive of the various federating units sit up and do their jobs. I will not tolerate any lackadaisical attitude or passing of buck to the center. I will ensure that various federating units are strengthened.

“Majority of some of these crimes are politically motivated, especially the recent ones we are witnessing. However, the issue of security can never be brought out to the public so you would not expose your country to danger,” Bello also said.

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