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Published On: Mon, Mar 10th, 2014

Wamakko to Jonathan: Stop gallivanting, tackle insecurity

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Jonathan-WamakkoFrom Raji Bello, Sokoto

Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State has advised President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle the prevailing insecurity in some part of the country rather than embarking on political tours on daily basis.

Wamakko noted that the President’s tour is to the detriment of the citizenry whose lives are being wasted on daily basis in the hands of insurgency.

Addressing journalists shortly after the visit, the Governor urged the President to take a decisive action against insecurity.

In his address, President Jonathan commended the Sultan for his sustained leadership style, which he said, helped in the prevalence of peace and unity.

The President also told the Sultan that the visit was to pay respect to him as a Father to all Nigerians. “We are not here for a campaign rally but we will come back to do that and introduce our candidates.

“We are here to seek for your fatherly prayers, share ideas and experiences and it is a private visit,” Jonathan, added.

In his remark, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III urged President Goodluck Jonathan to use his powers to stop the killings of innocent lives in North East and Benue.

“Human life is sacred and not to talk of killing hundreds of lives innocently. I always express sadness on the insurgency problem of North East and the most worrisome of it was the killing of innocent school children in Yobe state.

“This was the height of madness of the insurgency and the killings must be stopped immediately,” the Sultan, appealed.

He called on Jonathan to do whatever it takes to bring all political and reilgious leaders and the ethnic nationalities to tackle the insurgency.

Sultan further urged that politics should not be played with the lives of Nigerians and appealed to all types of leaders to be pious, honest and fair to all.

Meanwhile, there was a mild drama when no fewer than thirteen journalists where locked up in a room by the personnel of State Security Service (SSS) for about an hour during the President’s courtesy visit to Sultan.

Trouble started when the affected Newsmen were earlier ushered into a waiting room in the palace while waiting for the President arrival.

But shortly before Jonathan arrived the venue, some security personnel bearing the tag ‘Presidential villa security hurriedly locked up the room to disenfranchise the reporters from gaining access to the venue.

It took the lately intervention of the President’s spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati among others who raised the alarm of such maltreatment before the door was unlocked. Abati however apologised for SSS professional misconduct.

The chairman of the Correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state, Bello Gusau, condemned the act of the SSS operatives and urged that Journalists should be allowed to freely cover and report all events across Nigeria.

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