Wike to Buhari: Stop Boko Haram, bandits from killing
NEWS DIGEST – Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the killings by bandits and Boko Haram insurgents in line with his cardinal electoral promise of securing the country.
Speaking during the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Ceremony in Port Harcourt on Saturday, Wike said Nigeria was at the crossroads with everyone weary about the prolonged Boko Haram insurgency in parts of the country.
He said: “There is also the unbridled killings by the bandits and the increasing insecurity in most parts of the country with members of the armed forces made to pay the price of containing these internal wars continuously.
“We acknowledge that some progress has been made in the fight against the insurgents.
“However, the generality of Nigerians believe that the progress made can’t be good enough insofar as Boko haram, its affiliates and the bandits are still active in the North-East, North-West and some other parts of the country killing, maiming and kidnapping helpless people, including school children, and destroying and displacing hapless communities.
“We, therefore, call on Mr President to redouble his efforts and fulfill his cardinal electoral promise to secure the country and ensure that Nigerians feel safe and remain safe and secure wherever they are in their own country.”
Wike said there was a need for the Federal Government to take appropriate equipping of the nation’s armed forces as a top priority.
He said it would motivate men and officers of the military to accomplish the noble task of securing the country.
He said: “We also count on our armed forces to quickly end the raging insurgency and restore peace and hope to all our distressed people and communities who bear the physical, emotional and psychological scars of war and destruction.”
Wike described officers and men of the Armed Forces as enduring symbols of national unity.