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The Governor Willie Obiano led Anambra State government has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC), to desist from playing politics with the recent unfortunate killings in the state, saying the party was indirectly indicting President Muhammadu Buhari who is the country’s Commander-in-Chief of security forces.
Speaking through the State’s Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba Obiano stated asserted that the governors are merely titular chief security officers in their various states.
Adinuba said: ‘No society plays politics with its security without severe consequences. This is all the more so in a country like Nigeria which is now going through its most difficult security challenges in decades.
‘It beats the imagination that the Anambra State branch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should insist in the last three weeks on playing politics with the current security situation in Anambra State in particular and the Southeast in general, though there is a greater security crisis in some other parts of Nigeria.
‘Anytime violence or murder is reported, as Anambra prepares to conduct a gubernatorial election on November 6, the APC in Anambra State points a finger in the direction of the state government. It does all this as part of the electioneering campaign strategy.
‘But Anambra APC indicts President Muhammadu Buhari anytime it comments gratuitously on a negative security development in the state. President Buhari, not Governor Willie Obiano, is the Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces and head of all security agencies in the country. Security is on the exclusive list of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
‘Each of the 36 state governors in the federation is merely the titular chief security officer of his state. No governor has control over the police force or the Department of State Security or the Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) in his state, let alone any of the armed forces.
‘Even the Anambra Vigilante Group (AVG) is supervised by the state police command, like any other state vigilante service.
‘The Anambra State APC has always been aware of all these trite facts, but insists on playing to the gallery anytime there is a security issue.
‘The people and government of Anambra State are convinced that the state APC is indicting President Buhari deliberately over security lapses.
‘APC’s obnoxious behavior like this makes most Anambra people strongly believe that the killings in the state are politically motivated. After all, it is the only party in Anambra State which plays politics with not just security, but also politically guided assassinations in our beloved state which for seven years enjoyed the richly deserved reputation of the most peaceful state in the whole country.
‘The APC in Anambra State is advised to stop indicting publicly President Buhari and the APC -controlled Federal Government for the spate of assassinations in the state’ he concluded.
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