Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has commended the military for the success achieved in the fight against insurgency in the country.
Wike gave the commendation on Monday during a courtesy visit by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Isiaka Amao, at Government House, Port Harcourt.
The governor told Amao that he doesn’t need to go on the television to tell Nigerians that they are secured when the military is winning the war against insurgency.
According to him, Nigerians will know from the environment that there are a lot of changes going on.
He noted that greater success in winning the war against Boko Haram and bandits could be achieved by deploying more military strategies, which is better than media publicity.
“When you are winning a war, the people will feel it. When people are secured, you don’t need to go to television to tell them that they are secured.
“They will know from the environment that there are a lot of changes going on and that is the way Nigerians believe that, yes, we are winning the war against insurgency,” he said.
Wike pointed out that the prevailing peace in Rivers State was achieved because of the existing cooperation between all the heads of security with the state government.
According to him, Rivers people are comfortable and feel safe in their communities, and they can go about their normal business without undue molestation from outlaws.
He also assured the Nigerian Air Force of continuing the existing cordial relationship between it and the state government that started from the administration of Dr. Peter Odili.
Wike also called on members of the military task force deployed to arrest illegal oil bunkers to find a better and environmentally friendly way to destroy bunkering sites in the State.
He said it is time the Nigerian State considers the damage caused by the activities of crude oil thieves to the economic mainstream of the country and treat them as treasonable offenders.
Wike noted that it is not only the wastage of the economy that is witnessed but the degradation that the environment also suffers as a result of that which impacts negatively on rural communities in Rivers State in particular.