- President Muhammadu Buhari believes that establishing state police forces across the country will exacerbate insecurity.
- If the proposal becomes a reality, the president believes that state governors’ tendency to abuse their powers will come into play.
- The tension between some local and state governments, according to Buhari, is one way to predict this will happen.
President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the establishment of state police across the country is not an option under his administration.
Abuse of power by governors
The president expressed concerns in an exclusive interview with Channels TV that if state police become a reality in the country, some governors will abuse their powers and use them for personal gain.
He said: “State police is not an option. Find out the relationship between local government and the Governors. Are the third tier of government getting what they are supposed to get constitutionally? “
“Are they getting it? Let the people in local government tell you the truth, the fight between local governments and the governor.”
Role of traditional rulers in security On the security situation in the country
Buhari emphasised the importance of traditional rulers in bringing peace to their domains, and urged state governments to support them.
“The role of traditional rulers must not be undermined, because in their areas they know who is who, even by families, not to even talk of individuals. “So, we have to revert to that system for us to have effective security in the localities.
“For example, there were two Governors that came to see me about problems – Oyo state and one other state – because the herders were in their forests but the animals were going into the neighbouring farms, and eating the crops; I said, as far as I know, the farmers and herders have been co-existing in Nigeria for generations.”
“Let them go and ask the local leadership what has gone wrong, why the break in communication between the local leadership and the herders.”
Finally, House of Reps supports bill to create state police .
Meanwhile, the Nigerian House of Representatives had begun the process of legalising the establishment of state police.
On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, legislators passed a bill amending the 1999 Constitution to allow the creation of state police and the legalisation of regional security outfits for a second reading.
By moving police from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list, the proposed legislation aims to decentralise the current police system.