Osinbajo Warns Governors Not to Play Politics with National Security

Written by on June 22, 2017

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo Wednesday cautioned the governors of the 36 states of the federation to resist the temptation of playing politics with matters of national security, saying doing so is unhealthy for the country’s unity.

Osibanjo made the remark when he unveiled the report of his consultative meetings with leaders from both the North and South-east, which indicated that political, religious and traditional rulers from both regions had given their backing for the arrest of anyone who henceforth engages in unlawful agitations, hate and divisive speeches.

The meetings were the fallout of the threat of secession by the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and the ultimatum given by a coalition of Northern youths to Igbos resident in the North to vacate the region.

At the opening session of his meeting with governors in the State House, Abuja, Osinbajo used the forum to give a summary of the output of his meetings with political, religious and traditional rulers from the North and South-east in the past one week.

According to him, all the groups he met agreed that Nigeria remained an indissoluble and sovereign entity whose unity must not be negotiated by anyone, explaining that leaders must imbibe the spirit of prompt reactions to offensive speeches, which had the tendency to lead the nation into civil crisis.

He said the leaders gave the accord to arrest anyone who henceforth makes hate and divisive speeches capable of dragging the nation into bloody and civil conflicts, pointing out that the governors as chief executive officers of their various states have important roles to play in handling such crisis by promptly condemning the acts the moment they come up.

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