On the measures to curb insecurity, Rivers State Governor Nyesome Wike has stated that it is unconstitutional for the President to shift his constitutional responsibility of securing the lives and property of Nigerians to state governors.
Wike reportedly disclosed this in a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, adding that the President is the Commander- In-Chief of the Armed Forces and cannot declare that governors are in charge of security in their respective states.
According to him, “Mr President, you are the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You appointed the Inspector General of Police. You appointed the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, the commissioners of police, the Director of Department of State Services and other heads of security.”
He probed that, “Which one do we appoint? How can people appointed by Mr. President be under me? It is not only to borrow money for Nigeria that you’re in charge. You must, also, be in charge of other things including security. Who signed order 10? Is it the governors? It is not when things are going bad concerning security, and you say you’re not in charge, and it becomes governors’ responsibility.”
He added that, “Thank God, Mr President knows that I am not one of those that go to visit him over one problem or the other. I, as the governor of Rivers under the PDP, you’ll never find me there.”