Kaduna, Plateau govs pledge support for military to curb insecurity

Nigerian Army PHOTO: AFP/Getty Images)

•PFN asks Presidency to expose masterminds of killings


•Call for emergency in Benue unnecessary, says Moro

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, and his Plateau counterpart, Simon Lalong, have vowed to collaborate with Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) and other stakeholders in tackling security challenges confronting the two states.

They made the pledge, yesterday, when El-Rufai visited Lalong to commiserate with the government and people of Plateau over the security breach that claimed several lives in parts of the state.

“Plateau and Kaduna are not just neighbours; we have a strong relationship. Since we came into office in 2015, Governor Lalong and I have been consulting each other; it was Lalong that introduced us to Centre for the Humanitarian Dialogue, an international non-governmental organisation involved in peace building,” El-Rufai stated.

Lalong, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, said the synergy between the two states would curb security threats that confront them.

UNLESS President Muhammadu Buhari takes decisive action against killer herdsmen and expose those behind killings across the nation, insecurity may cripple the nation, the National Vice Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Isa El-Buba, has declared.

Speaking with newsmen at the weekend in Jos, Plateau State, the General Overseer of Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministries International (EBOMI) alleged that the Presidency knew those behind the crisis in the country and what to do about it.

“The Presidency knows those behind the crisis in this nation and they know what to do. The government should do the right thing, rather than silencing those speaking the truth. It is time to accept the truth and work with the truth,” he stated.

The cleric added that the Boko Haram members, who had surrendered, should not be allowed to mingle with the citizens because they had been radicalised and negatively indoctrinated.

MEANWHILE, Senator Abba Moro (Benue South) has condemned the call by former governor of Benue State, George Akume, for the declaration of emergency in the state.

Akume had asked President Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Benue, as a way of tackling insecurity in the state.

According to the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, since Ortom has consistently alleged that the security situation in Benue has deteriorated in such a manner that lives of Benue people are not secure, we call on Mr. President as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to declare a state of emergency in Benue to bring the security situation in the state under control.”

But Moro said it was unfortunate that a respected leader and erstwhile governor of the state would be asking for the dismantling of the democratic structure in as solution to the problem of insecurity.

The senator, who recently visited Akume in his Abuja office, not minding their political differences, to discuss critical Benue matters of mutual interest, said it was important for all citizens of the state to support Ortom with the extent of resilience, courage and doggedness he had been showing to confront the problem.

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