Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that political leaders will be more accountable if security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) restrict themselves to their constitutional roles.
The governor said that that the use of security agencies and INEC by some politicians to manipulate the electoral system has encouraged them to deny their constituents development projects.
Speaking during a Courtesy Visit by the Commander of the 115 Special Operations Group of the Nigerian Air Force to the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday , Governor Wike said the only way the nation can make progress is when things are done correctly.
He said: “The only way this country can grow is if things are done right. One of the reasons Nigerian leaders refuse to perform is because some of them connive with INEC and security agencies to rig.
“Nobody cares. Because whether or not you perform, they will use security agencies and INEC to manipulate the electoral process “.
The governor noted that the Rivers State Government will continue to partner with the Nigerian Air Force for the promotion of security.
He said that the state government will support the Nigerian Air Force to fight crime and criminality in the state.
He warned the military against being dragged into the settlement of civil disputes .
Earlier, the Commander of the 115 Special Operations Group of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Elijah Ebiowe assured the governor of the cooperation of the group in the maintenance of security.
He informed the governor that he was recently posted to the state by the service to coordinate the group for the protection of the nation’s territorial integrity.