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Without Security, There Can Be No Governance, Says Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike

  • Insists Nigerian Armed Forces Must Restrict Itself To Traditional Role Of Maintaining Security 

PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA - A declaration was on Thursday made by the incumbent governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, that the Nigerian military must do everything within its reach to restrict itself to its traditional role of maintaining security in the country.

Governor Nyesom Wike stated this on Thursday (yesterday) when the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarham, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Governor Nyesom Wike further stated that his government would continue to work with security agencies for the purposes of securing the state.

Governor Nyesom Wike equally made a promise to give support to the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army to effectively carry out Exercise Crocodile Smile 4 so as to rid the state of criminal elements.

According to Governor Nyesom Wike, "I cannot be enemy to security agencies. 

"Without security, there can be no governance. 

"The Rivers State Government supported the first three exercises, we will support Exercise Crocodile Smile 4.

“We should work as partners. We should not work as if there is a problem. I thank you for coming and hope that this will be a new beginning.

“As I said, we will give you the required support. 

"However, concentrate on your Traditional roles. 

"Don’t allow any politician use you.

“Let any politician who wants to play politics, come and face me. 

"The Army should remain on their constitutional role, that will help.

“Rivers State Government played a great role in the establishment of 6 Division of the Nigerian Army. Of all the states, we played a greater role.

“There is no way that the Rivers State Government will not partner with the Army to fight crime. 

"Rivers State Government is willing to partner with the Nigerian Army to fight crime.

“We have always supported Exercise Crocodile Smile. We will support Exercise Crocodile Smile 4.”

Governor Nyesom Wike maintained that the N100billion allocated to the Nigerian Army in the 2020 budget is inadequate towards the promotion of security.

Speaking earlier, the GOC, Major General Jamil Sarham explained that he was at the Government House Port Harcourt to seek the support of the Rivers State Government for the forthcoming exercise Crocodile Smile 4.

Major General Jamil said: “The purpose of this visit today is to intimate you of the Division’s Preparation for exercise Crocodile Smile 4 and invite you as one of the Special Guests.

“Exercise Crocodile Smile 4 is a follow up exercise to Exercise Crocodile Smile 1, 2 and 3. 

"The 6 Division of the Nigerian Army is covering Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers State. 

"The pre-exercise flag off will be held on 25th October, 2019.

“The purpose of the exercise is to build on the successes of the past editions by ensuring total security. 

"This will be achieved by identification and clearing of flashpoints of criminal hideouts as well as destruction of illegal oil bunkering camps.

"The Exercise Crocodile Smile 4 will also include civil military cooperation in promoting activities such as medical Outreach."

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