Leading presidential aspirant and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has reiterated that security and the economy will be his main focus area should he emerge as the flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party [PDP] and subsequently president of Nigeria. Tambuwal gave this indication yesterday in Abuja, in continuation of his engagements with stakeholders and delegates of the PDP when he met the forum of the former National Working Committee of the party who are delegates at the May 28 presidential convention.
He was accompanied by Senator Tunde Ogbeha, former governor of Sokoto, Attahiru Bafrawa as well as deputy governor of Zamfara state, Mahadi Aliu Gusau.
Speaking on the issue of insecurity in Nigeria, Governor Tambuwal said he would personally present a bill for the creation of state police to the National Assembly.
“The main reason why we have so much insecurity is lack of political will. If you say you need the approval of the US government to buy certain ammunition, do you also need their approval to recruit more men into the police, Army, and other security agencies? Do we also need US approval to train and retrain our security men?
“What is the firepower of the bandits and other terrorists? In the absence of these sophisticated weapons, can’t we get the AK 47 and other not-so-sophisticated weapons?
“We must also address the root cause of insecurity like jobs, marginalization, and the rest. If we address marginalization, we won’t have the issues we have in the southeast. How can there not be someone from the southeast in the 8 top positions of this country?
“Under my watch, that cannot happen. I had done it before as Speaker of the House of Reps where all zones were considered when we constituted committees. My colleagues are still alive; you can ask them.”
Speaking on the economy, Tambuwal said the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has rubbished whatever gain the PDP government made in the last 16 years adding that he would pay constant attention to the economy.
“We have done it before. We have the best hands in PDP to manage our economy. Not people who want to run for office and also manage our economy.”