In the face of rising insecurity in the country, Katsina Governor Aminu Bello-Masari has urged Nigerians to take responsibility for the fight against Boko Haram insurgents and robbers.
Despite the country’s security concerns, he urged Nigerians to maintain national unity and security, assuring them that the problems will be resolved shortly.
The governor advised Nigerians to fight militants and bandits as a united front, stressing that great nations throughout the world have experienced similar challenges in the past and emerged stronger politically and economically.
“What Nigeria is going through is a transitional stage ahead of development, and it shall become a history,” Mr Masari reasoned. “I want all Nigerians to know that security is a responsibility of everyone, be it politicians, traditional rulers, religious leaders, and youths. We need to unite against this scourge of insecurity.”
When the governor received the management of the News Agency of Nigeria, led by its Managing Director, Buki Ponle, in Katsina, he declared this.
He went on to say that the federal government’s continuous efforts to address the majority of the issues required Nigerians’ collective cooperation.
Mr Masari made a similar remark a few weeks ago, saying that Nigerians should pay the burden of tackling criminals.
“It is important for you to fight your enemy, even with your teeth bite him. Where are the warriors? I don’t understand our people these days. What they should be doing is not what they are doing,” said the governor in July.
The governor thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the renaming of NAN’s headquarters building after its pioneer editor-in-chief Wada Maida, describing it as “an honour well deserved to a man who gave his best to Nigeria and journalism.”
He also described Mr Maida’s death as a personal loss, stating that he was his childhood friend and political associate.
“I have been close to Malam Wada Maida right from when he started from the Federal Ministry of Information till he later joined NAN,” said Mr Masari. “He was also the chairman of my youth empowerment foundation, where we gave scholarships to several youths, and he did very well. I recall after we came into government in 2015, he never came for personal favours or contracts.”
The governor added, “Except only once when he requested that we should construct drainage of over one kilometre for the people of a particular area in the state capital to solve their flooding challenge.”