The governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has urged the nation’s security agencies to be more alive to the responsibilities and curb the unending spate of bombings in Abuja and other parts of the country.
Fayemi who spoke in his monthly media chat, “Meet Your Governor”, which was monitored by LEADERSHIP in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, lamented that terrorists were now having a field day in the country because low priority was given to intelligence gathering, processing and utilisation.
To tackle the latest security challenges in the country, the Ekiti governor argued that more still needed to be done in organising the nation’s security apparatus.
He described security as the duty of every Nigerian and not that of government alone, and expressed concern that the onslaught of terrorists had dented the nation’s image in the comity of nations.
Fayemi pointed out that the masterminds of serial bombings in the country were fellow human beings and stated if the security agencies approached their task with strict professionalism, they would have unmasked the culprits and thwart further attacks.
“I think we give such a low priority to intelligence gathering, processing and utilisation. The people responsible for these crimes are not rocket scientists and they are not living in the air.”
“If we are not professional enough to tackle these, we will always run helter skelter,” he said.
Our national security apparatus need to wake up.
“Fundamentally, we need to do more in organizing our security system and develop relationships with our neighbours.
“It is not wise the way hastily recognize the new regime in Libya because it has exposed our nationals living there to more dangers.
“Our government does not protect us enough and it has exposed us to scorn in the international community.
“Safety and security is the duty of everyone of us and not that of government alone.”