The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Douye Diri, on Tuesday said Nigeria has become politically insecure because most politicians play politics of self-aggrandizement to the detriment of the common good of the society.
Diri also said that the country was more divided than ever before because of unnecessary partisanship, tribalistic and unpatriotic management of both human and natural resources.
He stated these while presenting a keynote address at the South-South Zonal Management Summit organised by the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) in Yenagoa with the theme, ‘Managing security challenges for national integration in Nigeria: The South-South paradox.’
Diri said that apart from insurgency, kidnapping and other kinetic security challenges, the country is suffering from what he identified as political, social, health and food insecurity.
He said, “Insecurity comes in various forms. It is not only the kinetic insecurity; our security agencies are dealing with armed robbery, insurgency, kidnapping and other criminal activities; we have insecurity facing our political system.
“In this country, we have a situation where most politicians no longer have values but only pursue their selfish interests. As long as their interest is protected or fortified, they can damn any consequences and even the interest of the people they are leading. That is why some of them can change like the chameleon and jump ship easily.”
Also speaking, the President and Chairman of Council, Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), Mrs Patience Anabor, observed that the current level of insecurity had caused colossal damage to the national economy.