The South-South leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has made a case for the setting up of a special security outfit to protect farmers in the zone from attacks by Fulani herdsmen.
The re-elected South-South zonal Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, made the case during a courtesy call of the zonal leadership of the party to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, at Government House, Port Harcourt.
PDP National Vice Chairman (South-South), Chief Dan Orbih said they came to thank Governor Wike for hosting the last zonal congress of the party where they were elected.
He noted that under the APC-led Federal government, that Nigerians are no longer safe, while farmers in the South-South live in fear of marauding herdsmen.
“I must report to you that in the South-South most of our people cannot go to farms. If our people cannot access their farms, it is a clear signal of the impending food crisis we are going to face in this nation.
“Looking at the country today, different areas are advocating for a conference where we can sit down and address the problems we are facing. The Yorubas have formed a group called the Amotekun to protect their people. The Igbos have done the same. Today, I feel the South-South should come together to take steps to protect our people.”
Orbih commended Governor Wike for the several measures he had taken to safeguard life and property of all residents in the state, declaring that Governor Wike’s achievements will continue to serve as a benchmark for good governance in Nigeria.
Wike congratulated the new leadership of the PDP South-South Zone, and remarked the PDP governments in the zone have performed well despite financial difficulties.
He said, “This is the only zone you have one party controlling the entire zone. So, it is a plus for us. This is because our people believe in us, and they believe in our party and that is why they have made sure that PDP wins every election that comes in the zone,” he said.
Wike appealed to those he called true Nigerian nationalists to intervene to save Nigeria from disintegration.
He said it had become clear that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government had run out of ideas and no longer had the capacity to stop the worsening insecurity in the country.
He said, “APC Governors have come out to say the present APC federal government will solve the security problems. But every day people are dying. When will they solve the problems?”
The governor urged the APC government at the centre should own up to its loss of capacity and resign. “Every reasonable Nigerian, every nationalist who believes in this country should come up and make sure this country moves forward, if not it is going to affect everybody,” he pleaded
He said if the APC government failed to quit, Nigerians should vote the party out of government in the next elections.
The governor admonished Smart Adeyemi, an APC, who wept on the floor of the Senate recently because of the state of insecurity in the country to team up with his colleagues to arrest the situation instead of crying.