Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has called on President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to redouble efforts in fulfilling his major electoral promise of restoring security to the country.
Governor Wike pointed to the need for the Federal Government to take as a top priority the equipping of the nation’s armed forces appropriately.
Speaking during the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Ceremony in Port Harcourt on Saturday, Governor Wike said Nigeria is at the crossroads, and everyone is wary about the prolonged Boko Haram insurgency in parts of the country.
He stated that 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.
Governor Wike stated that Nigeria has been at war for over ten years and that has kept the armed forces seriously engaged in offensive combat against terrorist groups like Boko Haram, the Islamic State of West Africa Province, and bandits.
“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 fulfil 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.
“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.
“It is also significant to appreciate that, for several families across the nation and communities, today’s remembrance ceremony is a very painful reminder of the loved ones that they lost years, months and even barely weeks ago.
“Perhaps, granting consent for a loved one to enlist in the armed forces knowing that they may die in the service, remains one of the toughest decisions any parent, guardian or spouse can make.
“But they did and gave their loved ones to the service of the nation; for the love of our country; and the peace and security of their people.
“What they did is, therefore, a great and inspiring lesson in courage and selflessness, for which we owe them all the possible debt of gratitude, respect and honour.”
Governor Wike donated N50million as a support fund that will help the widow of the fallen heroes to eke a living