Governor of Delta and Vice-Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged the Federal Government to drop its lethargic attitude and cosmetic approach toward fighting insecurity in Nigeria.
Okowa also asked the government to stop toying with the lives of citizens.
The governor was reacting to Saturday’s attack by gunmen at a train sub-station in Igueben, Edo State, which saw the kidnap of passengers.
Okowa, who described the incident as “very sad and unfortunate”, charged security agencies in the country to track down the attackers and rescue the kidnapped victims.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifejika, in Asaba on Sunday, lamented that activities of gunmen across the country had remained a disturbing phenomenon.
The PDP vice-presidential candidate also charged Nigerians to rise to the occasion and assist security agencies with relevant information to enable them police the country effectively.
“As a country we must be deeply concerned about the activities of armed groups and non-state actors trying to destabilise our nation,” Okowa said.
”With the general elections a few weeks away, this dastardly act is not just worrisome but condmenable, and we urge security agencies to quickly track and apprehend the gunmen and rescue the victims,” he said.
On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, the governor sympathised with the authorities of the Nigerian Railway Corporation and families of the kidnapped intending passengers at the train station.
”Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this difficult time and we pray for the early return of the victims to reunite with their families,” he stated.