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Gombe State governor Inuwa Yahaya has said that Nigeria is presently experiencing its worse security challenge.
Yahaya expressed his concern while swearing-in Chairmen of the 11 local government areas in the state on Monday.
There have been increased reports of kidnappings and banditry attacks in the Northern part of the country.
More than 800 security forces were killed in 2019, one of the deadliest years since Boko Haram’s establishment more than 10 years ago.
“As you are all aware, Nigeria is facing the worst security challenge in its history. We must therefore put in place necessary measures to protect the lives and property of our people,” Yahaya said.
“I call on the new chairmen to ensure that any measures taken are fully implemented and sustained in order to ensure the security and wellbeing of the lives and property of the people.
“As agents of change at the grassroots, you are expected to come up with constructive and workable ideas for the development and transformation of your respective Local Governments. I implore you to use your wealth of experience in order to speedily move our Local Governments forward and provide the much-needed dividends of democracy to our people.”
The governor also urged the newly elected chairman to govern with transparency and equity in order to retain the peace that exists in the state.
“Therefore, you must all strive to live above board and ensure transparency in the conduct of your duties. I charge you to be fair, equitable and just to all citizens irrespective of political or cultural differences. The relative peace and harmony that is prevailing in the state must be guarded jealously,” he said.