Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the nation’s security degenerated dangerously because the APC Federal Government chose to play politics with the security challenge in Rivers State.
The governor also called on professionals to show interest in political developments in the country, so as to ensure that the APC Federal Government returns to the right track.
Speaking during a Courtesy Visit by the Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Governor Wike said when Rivers State had the issues with kidnappings, instead of addressing the security challenge, the APC Federal Government and her agents plotted how to declare a state of emergency.
“The Federal Government politicised the issue of security in Rivers State at a time when her intervention was required. That is why the whole country has been engulfed by insecurity.
“Everyday you hear people being killed like chickens. In Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, Benue, Zamfara, Kwara, Nasarawa,Kaduna, Yobe and Borno States. The case of Offa where 50persons were killed is disheartening.
“After 50 persons were murdered in cold blood, the very next day, the authorities claimed that 7 persons have been arrested. If the security agencies have the capacity to arrest almost immediately, why not stop the killings?”
He decried the situation where Nigeria answers Big Brother Africa, but remains unable to uphold the rule of law, conduct credible elections and institute basic governance process.
He said every profession has the responsibility to play a role in the development of the country, especially speaking out against the destruction of the tenets of the rule of law.
“If there is no rule of law, it negatively affects the professions. Professionals can no longer stand aloof while the country degenerates”, he said.
Earlier, the President of ICAN, Alhaji Muhammadu Zakari commended Governor Wike for rolling out projects that have stimulated the economy of the state.
He said that ICAN is desirous of partnering with the Rivers State Government on issues that concerns the organisation’s core values.
He urged the Rivers State Governor to promote ICAN’s Accountability Index amongst political leaders in the country.