The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on Thursday condemned the ruling All Progressives Congress for playing games with Nigerians in the fight against insecurity in the country.
The Peoples Democratic Party Governor noted that the efforts put in place to fight criminality and insecurity in the country are often undermined by political inference in the posting of Commissioners of Police.
Wike stated this when he led the Chief Whip of the Nigeria Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, former Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen and other dignitaries on project inspection tour in Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor Local Government Areas of Rivers State on Thursday.
He condemned the Inspector General of Police for posting a Commissioner of Police to Rivers State because a favour seeking politician had approached him for such patronage.
The Rivers State Governor noted that political interference in the issue of security sometimes makes it difficult for him to work with the Federal Government.
Otherwise, he stated, why should the Inspector General of Police grant such demand of posting a CP to compromise competence.
“There is so much insecurity in Nigeria. There are killings everywhere and they (APC) told Nigerians that they will solve the problem. But the problem is not being solved.”
“They appoint a Commissioner of Police (CP) based on patronage. A politician from my state will go to see the Inspector General of Police and ask him to give him a CP.”
“And the IG will not post CP based on competence to fight crime but based on the fact that the man in the party says he wants so and so person.”
“When the person comes, will he fight insecurity? No. That’s the problem we have in this country today. How can I partner with such a government? A government that will not do things based on competence”, he said.
Naija News had earlier reported that former Governor of Abia State, Senate Orji Uzor Kalu, on Wednesday met with the Governor of River State, Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
The chief whip of the Nigerian Senate arrived in Port Harcourt around 9 pm on Wednesday to visit Governor Wike.