Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has said the challenge of insecurity bedeviling Nigeria has become more complex in recent times.
Dickson stated this at the weekend during the formal launch of the 2019 Armed Forces Emblem Appeal Fund Week in Yenagoa.
He urged the military to come up with new strategies of combating the country’s security challenges, describing the complex dimension of the insecurity as worrisome.
The governor, who was represented at the event by retired Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah, the state Deputy Governor, also called for collective efforts by all institutions and people of goodwill to tackle the insurgency in the northeast.
He noted that the problem of insecurity in the northeast has had a pervasive effect on the country, and commended the security agencies for their sacrifices and contribution towards the protection of lives and property.
Dickson also called on Nigerians to support the Armed Forces to enable them continually defend the territorial integrity of the country.
He donated an undisclosed amount of money to the old soldiers and charged the leadership of the state council of the Nigerian Legion to be transparent and accountable in the utilisation of proceeds of the Emblem Appeal Launch.
Responding to the legionnaires’ requests, Dickson assured them of his administration’s continued support and promised to look into issues affecting the smooth operation of the mass transport scheme owned by the state council.
He said, “I want to thank and congratulate members of the Armed Forces for the various roles they have been playing to ensure peace and unity.
“I have always said without contradiction that the Armed Forces are the formidable arm of government that have played a more serious role in this country.”
Earlier, Elder Ogele Okubokekeme, Chairman, Bayelsa State Council of the Nigerian Legion, expressed appreciation to the state government, individuals, the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for identifying with the activities of the Legion.