From Bayo Oyewale, Lokoja
A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon James Faleke has warned Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello against breeding another set of Boko Haram in the name vigilantes.
Speaking on the sideline of the 26th anniversary of creation of the state, Faleke said there is nothing to celebrate, adding that Bello’s tenure had been mired by maladministration and intimidation.
Faleke, who was the running mate of late Audu Abubakar in the last guber election in the state, accused governor Bello of training and providing thugs with arms to take over security state.
“I want to appeal to the Governor in the area of security as much as he is dealing with security issues, he should stop breeding future problem for the state; particularly on the issue of vigilante that he is training. I learnt he is using the army to train 1,500 youths whom he calls vigilantes and he gave them guns, I don’t know whether he would be able to retrieve the guns from these people.
“Training hooligans in the name of vigilante, this was how Boko Haram started in Borno State. When politicians arm civilians, thugs and at the end of it they were unable to control them.”
Faleke lauded the state civil servants for standing strong in the face of intimidation and reckless administration.
“I commend Kogites for not going to the streets, I commend the civil servants for believing that there is tomorrow. I commend the populace generally for believing that tomorrow will be better than today.”
“I charge the Bello administration to look at the plight of Kogites who are majorly civil servants, even the market men and women are not fairing better since the civil servants’ salaries and emoluments have not been paid, I also want to appeal to the Governor to look at the plights of pensioners, Faleke added.”