Nasarawa crisis politically motivated, says ex-Governor

Nasarawa State
Nasarawa State

Abdullahi Adamu said the federal government was to blame for the violence that has hit Nasarawa state.

A former governor of Nasarawa state, Abdullahi Adamu, said on Sunday that the frequent crisis that has bedevilled the state in the last two years was politically motivated.

Mr. Adamu, who is a serving senator, claimed the crises were instigated by “enemies” of the state, who seek to derail the present administration in the state.

He however absolved the Nasarawa state governor, Umaru Al-Makura, of blame in the crisis.

Mr Adamu said the governor was not in control of the security agencies such as military, police, as well as State Security Service (SSS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) who were under the purview of the federal government.

“I cannot imagine that over 70 security operatives were gruesomely murdered, yet nobody is arrested or tried to serve as a deterrent to others. This action can lead the country to anarchy since anybody can do anything and get away with it to the extent of killing security personnel in broad-day light,” he said on Sunday.

Nasarawa state has been hit by a wave of violence lately with the worst crisis involving the killing of more than 70 police personnel and operatives of the State Security Service, by militias belonging to a sect, Ombatse.

The former governor said the federal government must be held liable for the current security breach the people of the state were witnessing.

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“We should not deceive ourselves that architects of the crises are not known. They are there working in our streets and nobody is saying anything,” he said.

Mr Adamu said the matter was not about the governor, Mr Al-Makura, or his party, All Progressives Congress (APC), or the Peoples Democratic Party, but about the security of lives and properties in the state.

He, therefore, urged the state government to do more to ensure that peace returned to the state within the possible time.

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