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Insecurity: Politicians Are Sponsors Of Banditry - Uzodinma

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Adedayo Babatunde

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Hope Uzodinma, the Governor of Imo State, has alleged that Nigerian politicians are the ones sponsoring the incessant killing and kidnapping being witnessed in some parts of the country. 

Governor Uzodinma who stated this to journalists on Friday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja did not name the politicians he was referring to when asked to do so.

The governor claimed that the Buhari’s regime has been doing well, hence the decision of the politicians sponsoring banditry to sabotage the government is yet unknown but the federal government is working on it.

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He, however, charged the nation’s security agencies to make the names available to journalists, saying the plan of the politicians is to distract the government.

He said, “From 2015 till today, I thought what the problem would be is people saying that there is no job creation, people are not feeding, salaries are not paid, infrastructure is going down, social interventions are not approved by the government.

“These things are there, available, a pass mark for the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Now, people are no longer talking about that, rather what they are doing is to sponsor crisis, to the extent that those funding this banditry are politicians.

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“I challenge and call on security agencies to make their names available to the press because what they want to do is to distract a government that is focused.

“If this government is not doing well, I will be one of those that will declare the government as not doing well, but a situation where you will leave the formal and ethical way of doing politics, and you are now sponsoring banditry to bring down a government, for Christ’s sake, we should all rise up and condemn it.”

When asked to mention the names of the politicians he claimed are sponsoring banditry, the governor replied, “This is a security issue, a lot of investigations are going on here and there, preliminary reports are there. People are furthering the investigations.

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“I think I have given you something to go home with. When you go home, think about it and do the homework by yourself.”

The governor said he has been enjoying many interventions from the President in the interest of the people of his state.

He noted that the Federal Government has since beefed up security in the state, leading to relative calm.

He said he asked the President to increase manpower and also give the security agencies logistic support to be able to do their job.

The governor disclosed that between 40 and 50 suspects have been arrested in relation to recent attacks in the state. He said the suspects have made useful statements.

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