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Insecurity: APC-led Federal Government not doing enough – Governor Fayemi

Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has admitted that the efforts of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government in tackling insecurity is not good enough.

Dr. Fayemi who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum however said that the current insecurity situation was better when compared to the state under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The governor however alleged that the nation would have been overrun by criminal if the APC was not in power.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of new service chiefs, saying that with better intelligence, greater coordination with neighbouring security forces, partnership with civilians and the right equipment, he was hopeful that the war would be won.

“You could say that the situation has not improved much in the sense that Boko Haram has only been technically defeated, not effectively clamped.”

Asked if he would have been comfortable with the situation of things if APC was not in power, he said; “I was in Maiduguri last month to commiserate with the governor when those 43 farmers were killed, so you could say, yes, they are still there. It shows that a lot more could be done by our government. Our best has not been good enough but significantly better than what transpired under the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

“There is no question about that, but that is not comfort for victims, what victims want to see is obliteration of these marauders and we have got to figure out whoever is going to take over from this administration. We must help the Buhari administration to finally nail the coffin of Boko Haram before the administration leaves office. That, for me, is why I am excited by the recent changes of service chiefs.

“There are those who will say changing service chiefs will not change the status of the war, I can tell you as a student of security that war is largely won by the morale of the fighting men. If the fighting men don’t have confidence in the leadership, they will not display the necessary courage for the battle.

“I think the President has chosen well in terms of the people who have been selected as service chiefs and the Chief of Defence Staff. They are tested and trusted by the men and they are likely to deliver a lot better on the field.”

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