2019: Civilians will Defend Themselves If Security Agencies Fail to be Neutral, Says Umahi

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By Chukwuemeka Opara

 Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to be nonpartisan during the 2019 general elections.

Umahi made the call while receiving participants of the National Defence College (NDC) Course 27 who paid him a courtesy visit in Abakaliki on Wednesday.

The governor said that Nigeria’s future beyond 2019 rested in the hands of security agencies and INEC.

The governor said that both INEC and security agencies should avert the impending doom in the country by being nonpartisan during the 2019 general elections.

“A security man is expected to be neutral and when such neutrality is not there, the civilian should learn the act of anti-terrorism.

“This is because when people that are supposed to defend them are not doing so, the people must learn how to defend themselves,” he said.

He noted that the tension generated by the 2019 general elections presently was getting worse as three people were killed in an opposition party’s senatorial-primary elections in the state, on Oct. 4.

“This was an ordinary party’s senatorial primaries and not a contest between two different parties,” he said.

“The country’s leaders should not mortgage the future of the youths due to personal political ambitions as true governance has been thrown into the dustbin,” he said.

Umahi however, advised politicians to lower the tempo of politics and concentrate more in securing the youths’ future for its national security and continued existence.

“Most people aspiring for political offices are not doing so to help the people but to answer names and steal money.

“People must be engaged in productive ventures to sustain themselves before aspiring to lead others as we see people who have not managed N1miliion before aspiring to control billions,” he said.

He commended the team for the course and advocated for an implementation department or outfit to ensure that recommendations of such courses were duly implemented to impact positively on the country.

“Some course participants had visited the state previously, recorded beautiful outings and presented good reports but the impact is not felt in our daily lives,” he said.

Earlier, the leader of the team, Navy Commodore Murtala Bashir, thanked the governor for the warm reception saying that the participants cut across several agencies and ministries concerned with security matters.

“The NDC is the highest military institute in the country and trains military officers to discharge their duties in the nation’s service while becoming more efficient in strategic management.

“17 military officers from various countries are participating in the courses spread across seven teams touring various parts of the country.

“The theme of our course is `Management of the youth and national security’ as we would conduct researches and makes recommendations that would mainstream the youths into the national polity.

“This will make them become productive, economically viable and ensure security and when the reverse is the case, they become liabilities and engage in terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery among other vices,’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Umahi earlier received the new General Officer Commanding (G.O.C) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu, Maj.-Gen Emmanuel Kabuk.


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