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Info Minister warns 'selfish' politicians

02 January 2014, 15:05

Abuja - The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, cautioned local politicians against fueling insecurity in the country in a bid to achieve their political ambitions.

He argued that all the security challenges in the country emanated from local politics and religious fanaticism and were in turn heaped on the Federal Government for resolution.

The Minister condemned the “generation of crisis and insecurity at the local levels for selfish political reasons which has gulped billions of Naira which could have been diverted to meaningful projects in the country.”

He maintained that the Federal Government had constantly carried out its onerous responsibility of maintaining peace and security in the country, which is a shared responsibility for governments at all levels and called on States to take responsibility by maintaining peace and security in their domains.

The Minister also noted that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration had achieved immeasurably and had ensured the territorial integrity and security in the country through the declaration of the state of emergency in some parts of the country, improved intelligence gathering, increased procurement and deployment of new weapons.

Maku congratulated the Armed Forces for increased diplomatic activities  and for localizing insurgencies in the country adding that  the present administration has recorded heroic successes in fighting insurgencies in the country through cooperation from neighbouring countries such as Cameroon and Chad.

The Minister commended the people of Kano State for joining forces to fight insurgents in their local communities.

He called on Nigerians to support the Armed Forces to ensure the security of the country.

He also expressed the determination of the Federal Government to ensure that Nigeria remained an indivisible and united nation, stressing that since the inception of the Jonathan administration, there has been no report of political assassination in the country.

Maku was speaking during a media event in Abuja.

- CAJ News


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