…says insecurity is worse today than in 2015
Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri said insecurity was worse than it was in 2015 when the All Progressives Congress (APC) took power in the country.
The governor called on the federal government to redouble its efforts to combat insecurity, particularly in the north of the country.
He said so yesterday during separate courtesy visits by heads of certain security agencies to the Government House in Yenagoa.
Speaking when he received the Comptroller of Nigeria’s Immigration Service, Bayelsa Command, Mr. Sunday James, the Governor said, “I take this opportunity to again call on the Federal Government to do something. These are the same issues that led to the APC government coming to power in 2015.
“I’m sure you’ll agree that things are worse now than in 2015. The federal government needs to do more. When one part of the country is sick, it affects other parts. Kaduna and other northern states are security ill and this is affecting other parts of the country.
“Nigeria is very close to Thomas Hobbes’ ‘state of nature’ where life is described as mean, brutal and short. The federal government must do something to move us away from the Hobbesian state.
Earlier, the Comptroller explained that the visit was to officially introduce himself as the new helmsman for the service in the state.
The DIRI also tasked the new central naval command of the Flag Officer Command (FOC), Rear Admiral Idi Abbas, to work with the state government to combat oil theft, illegal bunkering, kidnappings and related crimes in the maritime domain of the State.
He acknowledged that having served in the command in other capacities, Abbas would contribute significantly to the maintenance of peace and the development of the state.
While congratulating him on his appointment, the Governor urged him and his officers to discharge their duties with great professionalism and not be influenced by partisan politics.
Abbas said his visit was to formally introduce himself to the governor after his assignment as head of command.
In another development, the state command of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) decorated Diri as an ambassador against drug abuse.
NDLEA State Commander Aminu Ali bestowed the honor on the governor when he led other members of the agency to introduce themselves as the new head of command.
Ali said the decision to decorate Diri was born out of his tireless efforts and support for the command to control the threat of illicit drugs among young people.
In response, Diri thanked the NDLEA for the honor, emphasizing that the fight against drug addiction and crime would not be compromised in the state.