Fmr. federal legislator thumbs down FG’s effort at combating bandits, says Ibiono Ibom/ Itu federal constituency to produce governor in 2023

The Pioneer Publicity and Organizing Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Anietie Okon, has condemned the way and manner the Buhari led administration was handling the activities of bandits and insurgents in some parts of the North describing it as abysmal.

He made the allegation while speaking with journalists in Uyo yesterday.

The third republic Senator and national caucus member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party wondered why the same federal government that descends heavily on agitators in the south east with full military might have suddenly lost the aggression to tackle bandits in the north.

“It’s unfortunate that the Buhari led administration is treating insurgents and bandits with kid gloves, leaving bandits to operate freely in some parts of the north daily tormenting and dehumanizing Nigerians. Its giving law-abiding Nigerians serious concern that the primary duty of government which is to ensure the security of lives and property is no longer guaranteed under the present administration”.

He regretted that the same government who is overlooking the activities of the bandits and their cohorts who claim to be speaking and negotiating on their behalf in the north, is all out to crush unarmed agitators in the south east with full military might.

“Federal government has declared war in Igbo land, why do they deploy same military aircrafts and might to crush the insurgents and bandits kidnapping women and children daily in Zamfara, Kaduna and other parts of the north for huge ransom? I have since stopped recognizing the present government as a government”, he said.

Okon described as inadequate the recent order by the president to security agencies to shoot those brandishing AK47ammunition at sight, maintaining that what security agents need is express permission to wipe out insurgents, criminals and bandits from the country.

“The present administration has further divided the country by jettisoning federal character considerations and competence in areas of appointment for parochial, tribal and clannish considerations which have further cracked the fragile unity we have achieved earlier in the country. We must work collectively to bring the country back from the brink of disaster.

“2023 is not just about Uyo federal constituency producing a governor, it’s the turn of Itu/Ibiono federal constituency for the sake of justice and fair play”. He explained.

He described Governor Udom Emmanuel’s completion agenda as one which will further define the destiny and future of the state and call for the full support of Ibom people to see it manifest.


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