The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio on Thursday said that the worsening agitations and security challenges across the country are politically motivated and aimed at derailing the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister, who gave assurances that the sponsors of the crises will be shocked as government remains focused and working towards solving the situation sooner than expected, stated this when he paid a courtesy call on the Secretary of the party’s Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator John James Akpanudoedehe at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.
While responding to questions from journalists on the spate of insecurity in the country, Akapbio admitted the situation was becoming worrisome but assured government was up to the task, adding that the storm will soon be over.
“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.
“If you read every day what is happening Benue state and other State, 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.
“The security of our neighboring countries must also remain a priority because all these heavy arms entering into Nigeria when Libya failed, when Mammah Gaddafi was taken out and people looted the arms.
“If you enter Chad or Niger Republic, just like you buy petrol in Nigeria 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 deterred. And there is nothing that lasts forever. You know that everything that goes up must come down. So the insecurity you are seeing today, you will not see it again.
“We also, in my view, I think 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 am 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 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,” Akpabio said.