Fayemi warns against politicising Nigeria’s security
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi has warned against the politicisation of the security challenges currently confronting the nation.
The Governor said such could work against the efforts being geared to end the multifaceted crises in the sector.
Fayemi spoke in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday while declaring opening the Federal and security administrators meeting held in the state, saying what the country needs now was concerted efforts by stakeholders to combat the scourge of kidnappings, insurgency and banditry pummeling the country, rather than reducing it to a mere political tool.
Fayemi represented by his Deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi described the meeting as a well thought out security strategy that will help the nation to overcome its challenges in this sector.
The governor added that the state and federal security meeting would form a platform for the review of the security status across the states.
Fayemi said his administration places high premium on the security of lives and property and perceived it as sacrosanct .
The governor added that he had since assumption of office been partnering all security outfits in the state , by ensuring strict adherence to security conventions, as part of his responsibilities to make the citizens live under peaceful atmosphere.
Reeling out steps taken to restore peace to Ekiti, Fayemi said: ” Our government as part of its commitment to security had donated two armoured personnel carriers to the police, monthly financial assistance to security agencies , regular security council meetings , coopting traditional rulers into security matters , security awareness campaigns in the media, establishment of state security trust fund and formation of Joint Task Force and the rescucitation of the Star Peace Corp for internal security arrangements.
Permanent Secretary in charge of Special Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mrs Amina Shakama said efforts were being intensified to tackle clashes between herders and farmers across the country for improved security.
Shakama urged the newly elected officials across the states who have just been inaugurated to focus on the principles of good governance, rule of law, inclusiveness, accountability and guard against corruption .
In his address, the Secretary to Ekiti State Government, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, said the meeting was convoked to find solutions to the multifaceted security challenges confronting the nation.