Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Mr Kayode Fayemi has on Wednesday appealed to the Federal Government to immediately reorganise the nation’s security architecture to allow for the recruitment of locals who have vast understanding of their communities.
Governor Fayemi also requested the Federal government to assist and ensure the rehabilitation and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their communities.
The Governor made this known at the Borno State Government House when he and the Governors of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, Sokoto State, Alh. Waziri Tambuwal and Kebbi State, Alh. Atiku Bagudu paid Governor Zulum a sympathy visit over last weekend’s Boko Haram attack on his convoy.
Governor Fayemi described the escalating insecurity and attack on the governor’s convoy as most unfortunate, stressing that the inclusion of local community dwellers into the nation’s security architecture will assist in addressing the current insecurity challenges.
“An injury to one is and injury to all. We’re here to commiserate with Governor Zulum and the people of Borno State, We’re also here to express our uttermost displeasure at the manner in which this (insecurity) has continued unabated.
“We need to reorganise our security architecture and ensure that we involve more local people, recruit more local people that have knowledge of the environment.
“The Civilian JTF are trying, the Military is trying but clearly, we need more people on the ground and we need more weapons for them to be able to confront this dastardly situation. We need to nip it in the bud now, so that the spread is reduced across the country.
“There are a number of things we’ve found out, I think the Federal government should be doing everything to help the resettlement and rehabilitation of the innocent citizens that have been Internally displaced; that’s what the governor is doing, so that they can return to their ancestral homes,” Governor Fayemi said.