The Executive Governors of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike and his Zamfara State counterpart, Alhaji Abdualaziz Yari Abubakar, have visited the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai to discuss security issues in their respective states this week.
The discussions, occasioned by the deteriorating security situation in both states, were held in the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
In his remarks, Governor Wike of Rivers outlined the state’s security challenge to include the growing cult-related clashes and killings by some individuals in the State, especially now that preparations are underway for the rescheduled election in the state.
Governor Wike said he was concerned about the atmosphere of insecurity in the state.
General Buratai in his response affirmed his concerns, especially the utterances by some prominent individuals in the state which have serious security implications.
Both officials underscored the need to draw the attention of all political interest groups in Rivers State to the neutrality of Nigerian Army and its determination to remain apolitical.
“The Nigerian Army will not spare anyone in the discharge of its security duty and the maintenance of peace,” general Buratai stated.
The Army was called out years ago, to assist the Nigeria Police in internal security duties.
“We shall continue to perform this constitutional duty professionally and without bias in conjunction with other security agencies,” he reassured.
During his visit, Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar drew the attention of the Chief of Army Staff to the menace of cattle rustlers and armed bandits in some parts of the state.
He called on the Nigerian Army to assist, while giving reassurance of the support of his government to clear the state of the marauding rustlers and other criminals.
The Chief of Army Staff assured the Governor that the Nigerian Army, would continue to work in conjunction with other security agencies to route-out cattle rustlers and other criminals from the entire North-West geo-political zone.