From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja   

State Chairmen of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have expressed concerns about the insecurity in the country, urging President Bola Tinubu to hold security chiefs accountable.

Chairman, Cross River State secretary of the forum, Alphonsus Eba, made the call when 33 of the chairmen paid a courtesy visit to the president at the State House, Abuja.

Eba, while responding to State House Correspondent’s question on government’s performance assessment, cautioned against premature judgment, noting that it’s too early to evaluate the administration’s effectiveness within nine months despite the party’s previous tenure for eight years.

He commended the administration’s economic policies and assured Nigerians of meaningful reforms, adding that the issue of insecurity was raised at the meeting with the president.

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“On the question of the kidnap of pupils in Kaduna State, yes it forms one of the issues about the general insecurity in the country that we raised as a matter of concern to Mr. President.

“We said we are more concerned because from our vantage position, it is very clear there are a lot of distractions going on in this country. There are activities of criminals that are being perpetrated to put the government and our party in bad light.

“We have commended Mr. President for the support, moral and financial that he has given to security agencies. But we came with one humble advice that we gave to Mr. President today as Forum of Chairmen to say that nobody expects Mr. President as Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to carry arms and go to the battlefield.

“That is why he has his lieutenants, as security agencies in various areas and what we have told Mr. President today, by way of advice, that it is time for people to be held accountable for the actions. Where a district Police Officer or a Commissioner of Police or whoever that is in control of whatever security architect at whatever level is found wanting, Mr. President should wield the big stick. That was part of what we discussed today.”