Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has revealed that some politicians are behind the insecurity in parts of the country.
The governor who spoke to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari alleged that some unnamed politicians were the sponsors of banditry.
He urged security agencies to make the names of the politicians involved available to journalists.
According to Uzodinma, the aim of the politicians is to distract and sabotage the focused government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“From 2015 till today, I thought what the problem would be is people saying that there is no job creation, people are not feeding, salaries are not paid, infrastructure is going down, social interventions are not approved by government.
“These things are there, available, a pass mark for the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Now, people are no longer talking about that, rather what they are doing is to sponsor crisis, to the extent that those funding this banditry are politicians.
“I challenge and call on security agencies to make their names available to the press because what they want to do is to distract a government that is focused.
“If this government is not doing well, I will be one of those that will declare the government as not doing well, but a situation where you will leave the formal and ethical way of doing politics, and you are now sponsoring banditry to bring down a government, for Christ’s sake, we should all rise up and condemn it.”
Asked to name the politicians behind the banditry, Governor Uzodinma said; “This is security issue, a lot of investigations are going on here and there, preliminary reports are there. People are furthering the investigations.
“I think I have given you something to go home with. When you go home, think about it and do the homework by yourself.”
Speaking further, Uzodinma said he had enjoyed many interventions from President Buhari in the interest of the people of Imo State. He however said that for such interventions to have an impact on the people, there must be an enabling environment.
He also rejected the call for cessation, adding that he is committed to a united Nigeria.
“I don’t think that I will support any call for cessation. I want a united, strong Nigeria. Our strength is in our diversity and today, we are supposed to play a leading role on this continent.
“We don’t want to whittle down our strength. Rather, what I advise is that we must appreciate the gift of nature, in our land and the support government,” he said.
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