The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has submitted that he shouldn’t be seen as someone who speaks from both sides of his mouth regarding insecurity and security operatives in Nigeria.
The Governor in a Christmas message by his spokesperson, Mallam Isa Gusau explained that he uses the stick and carrot approach in dealing with the issues.
According to him, the security operatives must be commended for their personal and professional sacrifices in dealing with Boko Haram fighters and other insurgents but this doesn’t mean one should keep quiet when they fall below expectations.
The Governor is his submission, called on Nigerians to picture what the communities would look like without the protection of security operatives.
He however urged the security operatives to continue to show commitment and dedication in the discharge of their duties.
“At the same time, we should ask ourselves how thousands of yet-to-be-resettled internally displaced persons and fellow Nigerians taking refuge in foreign countries are also celebrating the Christmas, lined up for food in camps and host communities,” Zulum said.
He added that “We will continue to accord far-reaching support to security forces, especially those who have shown their dedication and gallantry.
“We will commend and reward, and where there is the need to raise voices of concern, we will do so on behalf of our citizens who we swore to protect. I believe in the carrot and stick approach, and this is based on my personal principles and my training in the academics.
“Critical thinking is the foundation of academics, and in this, the philosophy is to look at the opposite sides of every case study. From the academic point of view, there is never one side to any case under study and this is why I commend, I reward, and I also criticize.”
Meanwhile, Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, have called on Nigerians to unite and work together to resolve security challenges in the country.
The governor of Kogi State and Treasurer of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, PGF, Yahaya Bello, made this known in a statement signed on behalf of the forum.
According to the statement, the governors are confident that the nation will overcome all security challenges under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.