Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari has warned stakeholders and members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state to make up from their slumber to avert being chased away from government in the coming elections because of insecurity.
He also urged them to intensify their support in the ongoing war against banditry, robbery and cattle rustling in the state.
The governor made the call while speaking with the chairmen and stakeholders of APC from the state 361 wards and 34 Local government chairmen during an interactive meeting.
He reminded them that the party chased away PDP from power due to their inability to address insecurity challenges in the state, warning that it will be unwise for the party to be driven out of power for the same reason.
“Criticising government as being passive in the face of insecurity is fast becoming a 2023 campaign slogan,” he said.
“No President has spent so much resources on insecurity like President Muhammedu Buhari since the return to democracy in Nigeria.
”We should desist from informing kidnappers and rapists about potential targets and movements of security operatives and the Military,” he added.
According him, military alone cannot address the security challenges facing the state without the support of all and sundry, hence, he urged party members to support the fight by not only informing security agencies but by taking charge and vigilantly collaborating with them.
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday said the President Muhammadu Buhari would be departing Abuja for Bamako, Mali, on Thursday.
Adesina disclosed this in a statement titled, “President Buhari embarks on peace mission to Mali” made available to journalists.
Adesina said the journey followed the briefing the President received on Tuesday from former President Goodluck Jonathan on the crisis in Mali.
The statement said Buhari and some ECOWAS leaders led by the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the sub-regional organisation, President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger Republic, agreed to meet in Mali to engage in further consultations towards finding a political solution to the crisis in the country.
This will be the President’s first trip out of the country after Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case in February.
A resistance group, M5, in Mali is insisting that the constitutional court must be dissolved and the President resigns before peace can return to the country.
Crisis had erupted after the court nullified results of 31 parliamentary seats in the polls held recently, awarding victory to some other contenders, which the resistance group said was at the instigation of President Keita.
Riots on July 10 had led to the killing of some protesters by security agents, causing the crisis to spiral out of control, hence the intervention by ECOWAS.
Credit: Katsina Post