Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, says the claim by Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, that security agencies failed to respond to the alert given them to prevent the massacre of people in Zamfara has vindicated his stance that no extra $1billion needed to be deducted from the Excess Crude Oil Account to fund the fight against insurgency.
Fayose, who addressed newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, said funds being spent on security seemed not well used, as instead of insecurity being curtailed, the nation was unfortunately witnessing more killings on a daily basis.
Fayose said : “Governor Yari is the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, he is the one saying we should give $1 billion from ECA to these security people and he said despite alerting security agencies over 24 hours before the needless killings in his state, they failed to rise to the occasion.
“That was not the first time such a thing would happen. Recall that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State said the same thing. Also, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State said a similar thing.
” On all the occasions, the security agencies failed to act. More than 73 people were killed in Benue, scores killed in Taraba and we now have the Zamfara issue. Regrettably, the killings have not stopped. If as a country we spend so much money on security, with practically no result, where is
the justification for another round of funding. Fund an inept security apparatus?
“The Zamfara issue is not only inhuman, but unfortunate. This must not continue and we must tell the Federal Government to do something. The killings we have witnessed in this country from 2015 till date is unprecedented and perhaps never seen in the history of our country since Independence. Are we in a war situation?
“We must stop wasting people’s lives and use the $1 billion for the welfare of our people in other sectors that will bring result. The All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government has lost it,” the governor said.
Fayose, who also had a poser for President Muhammadu Buhari, noted that despite the president’s usual directive of security people assessing the situation, he challenged the president to tell Nigerians how many culprits have been arrested or prosecuted.