Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Thursday, February 18, criticised some Governors, saying they have not been proactive in dealing with security issues as chief security officers of their respective States.
Bello stated this while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme.
The affected Governors he said always run to President Muhammadu Buhari when confronted with security challenges such as banditry; kidnapping; farmer-herder clashes; communal conflicts, amongst others.
Bello stated that Governors should quit playing politics with the lives of the citizens.
“Kogi State used to be a hotbed of criminals. Kogi State is a microcosm of Nigeria; but I have put a stop to communal clashes and farmer-herder clashes and all of that,” he said.
Bello said, “The Nigeria Governors Forum. NGF is a forum for Governors to compare review mechanisms; however, the experience you share in the NGF, it will depend on the priority of each and everyone of us.
“I must say straight away that there are some of us that are more serious on our jobs than the other. I won’t call names, there are some of us who are prioritising our jobs and are doing it very well in our various states and some are simply playing politics; and the earlier we stop that, the better. Let’s reduce the burden of Mr President and let’s save the lives of our people.
“What happened in Shasha in Ibadan is most unfortunate. These are victims attacking victims. The Yorubas attacking Hausa Fulani are victims. The Hausa Fulani attacking the Yorubas are victims of maladministration, successively, from the past and even currently.
“So, when you share or compare experiences, it is just advisory, you must necessarily take somebody’s experience. And sometimes, it depends on (the) peculiarity of where you are operating from.
“In Kogi State, we are having a heterogenous kind of composition –religious wise, ethnic wise and various divergent backgrounds; and we are handling it very well. So, I see no reasons why in some states where you have two tribes and they will be attacking each other.”