The governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to name the Governor behind banditry in the Northwestern region of Nigeria.
Recall the APC in a statement signed by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, had on Thursday alleged that based on intelligence report, there is an unnamed governor in the North West that is sponsoring armed bandits.
But reacting to the allegation on Friday, Tambuwal said no governor who swore to the oath of office can go to that extent of undermining the rule of law.
“To allude and allege that a governor is consciously undermining the oath of office he took is a skewed logic intended to upturn the rule of law and the jurisdictional dictates of equity and good conscience,” he said.
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, who is currently on self-isolation, noted that; “the onus of proof of his allegation rests on Mr Nabena.”
“He should name the governor he is alluding to as the sponsor of banditry and sundry crimes in the North-West and provide evidence that he [the governor] is involved in all of that which he alleged.
“Otherwise, the security agencies in the country should invite Mr Nabena to provide evidence of his allegation, assist them in investigating the matter and make sure that justice is done,” Tambuwal maintained.
The governor charged all well-meaning Nigerians and political stakeholders to consider human lives first instead of playing to the gallery.
“Playing blame games is not a panacea to the security problem at hand. None of us should play politics with security matters.
“We should also not play politics with the lives of those we swore to protect. Instead, all hands must be on deck to ensure the collective security of the North and the country in general,” Tambuwal explained.