Former Governor of Akwa Ibom state and current minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has described the current spate of killings, and insurrections in the country as not representing the real Nigeria that has remained united in the past
Akabio who spoke to journalist at the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja noted that the issue of insecurity in the country has taken a worrisome dimension, stressing that the rapid spread from one region of the country to another has made it become more devastating that the country has changed drastically
“The issues of insecurity for me has already assumed a very worrisome dimension, if you notice, it is not limited to one region, it is not a function of North East, it is not a function of South East, even in the South South, even in my own local government, and if you read everyday what is happening, we have never in the history of this nation witnessed where people in uniform are targeted for elimination. That will show you that we have infiltrators in our midst.
“I think this is not a time for blame game. And we also, in my view, most of the problems are politically motivated, so we must use our binoculars to be able to look to dictate the sponsors of the insecurity that we are witnessing in the country.
“What is happening now is not Nigeria, this is unNigeria. As far as I’m concerned, right from when I was a kid in federal government college, we were taught the unity and oneness of this country. Many fought the civil war and died to keep this country together and handed over the country to us, as leaders today, we must do everything possible, even through advice, to make sure that Nigeria remains united. I believe in the oneness of Nigeria and I believe that I will bequeath a better Nigeria to my children and the future generations to come.
“The security of our neighboring countries must also remain a priority, because all these heavy arms entering into Nigeria when Libya failed, when Mammah Gadafi was taken out, and people looted the arms. If you enter Chad or Niger Republic, just like you buy Nigerian petrol by the roadside, you can pick up any arm you want, so that has led to very heavy arms entering into the wrong hands.
“Most of the actions you see today are politically motivated, to try to derail the government but the government will be detailed. And there is nothing that lasts forever; you know that everything that goes up must come down.
On his mission at the party secretariat, the former governor stated “I’m here to offer my own advice on how we can move the party forward and we have a lot of issues that I think the party can help us to resolve and all hands must be on deck as long as Nigeria is concerned today for us to solve the myriad of problem, including security challenges