Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has declared that he would interface with President Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure an amicable resolution of the impasse between the Army and the Rivers State Government, over the State’s Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency, in the interest of the security of the State.
The former President, who was accompanied by his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, spoke at the site of the collapsed building, at Woji Road, in New GRA, Port Harcourt.
His words: “I will take it up with Mr. President, to see how we will resolve the matter amicably, in the interest of our people.
“If you do not have the cooperation of volunteers working with the security services, we will not be able to manage the security situation.”
Jonathan noted that when a State Government is setting up a volunteer service to manage the security situation, the Police and Army within the State, must give their maximum cooperation.
“If a State is setting up a volunteer service to manage the security situation, we expect cooperation from the Police and the Army, within the State.
“If there are any issues that should be cleared, I expect the Commissioner of Police and the General Officer Commanding, to meet with the Security Adviser to the Rivers State Governor, to discuss these grey areas”, he said.
He said managing security in the extremely riverine States, require the contributions of locals in the form of volunteers.
“These are extremely riverine States. Apart from the Navy, 60 percent of the personnel of the other security services cannot swim. Managing security in these States require the locals”, he said.
The former President, disclosed that as Deputy Governor to late DSP Alamiesegha, Bayelsa State had to set up the Bayelsa Volunteers, to tackle piracy alongside the Security Agencies.
“When we set up the Bayelsa Volunteers, we worked with the Police to reduce piracy in the State. I have realised that without the locals, you cannot succeed in terms of managing security anywhere”, he said.
He stated that as a President, he allowed the setting up of the Civilian Joint Task Force to work with the Military, to tackle boko haram insurgency, saying that, the decision helped so much.