Insecurity Concerns Me More Than 2023 Presidential Poll –Bode George
Ex -Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party , Chief Bode George , has said he is more concerned about the security problems in the country than contesting the 2023 presidential election .
George had told Saturday PUNCH that he was interested in contesting the 2023 presidential poll against ex -Lagos State governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress , Asiwaju Bola Tinubu .
The retired military officer , however , said he had not abandoned his presidential ambition .
George said , “ People are trying to push ( me ) , saying , if it ’ s coming to the South -West , they will give me support . For me , it ’ s still about three years from now .
“ When people make such overtures to you , you don’ t just brush them off . But there are many hurdles to cross before we get there .
“ Look at the state of the country now . The country is destabilised . It is shifting. The platforms are very unstable and it is not a matter of one party versus another party now . It ’ s a national disaster and it calls for us to put all our hands to stabilise our nation . ”
George praised the Operation Amotekun initiative of South – West governors, saying it would help tackle insecurity in the region.
The ex -Ondo State military governor said, “ If you travel from A to B now , you will keep looking behind you and thinking you may be kidnapped or somebody is going to hit you .
“ That ’ s a state of hopelessness and helplessness. And the number of police we have can ’ t cope – 245 ,000 versus more than 200 million people . That ’s absolutely inadequate .
“ That makes Amotekun more essential is community policing, at least , so that people can sleep well at night . Those are the issues that bother me now , rather than presidential elections. ”
Meanwhile, George called on countries bordering the North – East Nigeria to renew their support for the fight against Boko Haram.
Ex – Security Adviser to Cross River, Mr Jude Ngaji, also echoed the PDP chief ’s view .
In separate interviews with Sunday PUNCH, the duo said tackling the Boko Haram insurgency required the support of the neighbouring countries .