Rather than warning soldiers and senior military officers against hobnobbing with politicians, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has advised the Army High Command to stop posting battalions of soldiers to guard politicians.
He said that the new approach to protecting politicians was counter-productive and a threat to national security.
The governor also advised the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to go beyond complaining that politicians are romancing with soldiers and take action to check the disturbing trend.
Buratai had on Tuesday declared that the Nigerian Army remains apolitical and warned that any soldier found holding meetings with politicians would be dealt with.
But while flagging off the construction of the Old Aba Road by Mbano Junction in Oyigbo Local Government Area on Wednesday, Governor Wike said all over the world, only the Commander-in-Chief has soldiers as guards.
“All over the world, it is only the Commander-in-Chief that is allowed to use soldiers. But here, you see soldiers following politicians everywhere”.
On the construction of the Old Aba Road by Mbano Junction, the governor assured the people that the road would be completed on schedule.
He added that the Old Market Road to Afam would be awarded and constructed by his administration in Oyigbo Local Government Area.
The governor said that since the APC Federal Government has refused to complete the East-West Road, his administration would continue to develop alternative routes to grow Rivers State economy.
He said that his performance had silenced the APC and urged the people of the state to turn out en-masse for the ongoing voter registration so that they can vote out failed politicians.
The Works Commissioner, Mr. Iheanyichuwu Bathuel, said that the Old Aba Road by Mbano junction is a critical economic road that connects the neighbouring states.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Dr. Gbali Chisom, lauded Governor Wike for commencing the construction of the road.
The highpoint of the ceremony was the presentation of gifts to Wike by the political leader of Oyigbo, Ambassador Desmond Akawor.