The Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has declared support for the recent declaration of State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr. Mimiko was speaking in Akure while hosting members of the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA.
He said the decision of the President to declare the emergency rule in the three states was a clear respect for democratic structures.
The Governor noted that it was wrong for any group of people to politicize the president’s action since no group or individual has come up with any clear and coherent alternative to handle the nation’s security challenges. He therefore urged Nigerians to always pray for the President to bring solution to the country security problems
He asked Nigerians to rally round the President to bring an end to the security challenges in the country and take no heed of those who have chosen to embark on undue politicisation of current national security challenge.
Mr. Mimiko said, “I am of the view that the effort to bring an end to the security challenges in some states through the recently declared State of Emergency should be lauded by all. For me, this is the time to rally round the President and jettison all forms of divisive and non-productive politicking. It is also the time to tell those who are disposed to feasting on the national security challenge that they are alone. We must commend the president for declaring state of emergency without disrupting the democratic structures on ground.”
He added that those opposed to the president on account of political differences should, instead of blanket condemnation of all that emanates from the Presidency, offer genuine, logical and coherent alternatives. He pointed out that the option taken in respect of the security challenge in some states of the North is commendable as it did not interfere with the democratic structures of the affected states.
While assuring the authorities of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, of his administration’s partnership in the areas of technical education and skill acquisition, Mr. Mimiko challenged them to continue to churn out initiatives in the area of science and agriculture as these remain core areas through which national growth and development can be built.
He said with the array of Nigerians from diverse ethnic groups in the governing council of FUTA, “the obvious point is made that our destiny as a nation is one and so Nigerians must work with the President to evolve a united, peaceful, and prosperous country.”