Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has revealed why he does not meet President Muhammadu Buhari to seek help over the security challenges facing his state.
Speaking during an interview on Channels Television on Thursday, Bello said the security agencies are enough to solve kidnapping, banditry, and the farmer-herder clashes in some parts of the state.
According to the governor, the citizens and some stakeholders are working well with security agencies to analyse intelligence in order to forestall the breakdown of law and order.
Bello said his government does not pay lip service to the security and welfare of the people of Kogi, adding that he does not visit Abuja for solutions at all times.
He said, “The Nigeria Police that are in the country today are the same in Kogi State. The Army in the country are the same in Kogi State. All the law enforcement agencies we have in the country today are exactly what I have in Kogi State.
“We are corroborating, the commissioner of police, my director (of) DSS, my Army commander, my naval commander, civil defence commander, we are corroborating and they are relating very well with the citizens, they connected to the people and leadership at all levels are doing their best starting from the community leaders, ward leaders, the local government chairmen and leaders, youth leaders, market leaders, farmers and what have you. We are corroborating very well.
“So, when they provide such information, we act on it, we don’t pay lip service, we don’t pass buck, we don’t visit Abuja for solutions at all times. I don’t think there is any day I have ever visited Abuja for any solution. What I do is to sit down here (Kogi) and do my job.”