State police, not community policing, will be used to combat Nigeria’s escalating insecurity, according to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
When the leadership of the National Association of Ex-Local Government Chairmen in Nigeria paid him a visit in Abeokuta, Obasanjo made the idea.
The delegation was headed by pioneer National Chairman, Hon. Albert Asipa, according to a statement by spokesperson Kehinde Akinyemi.
Obasanjo praised the body’s founding, adding that some of the country’s local chairmen were better than some of the country’s top elected officials.
Chinwe Monu-Olarewaju, one of the presenters, spoke about the development of community police, and the ex-Head of State suggested the notion should be enhanced.
“Our situation in Nigeria concerns everyone, particularly the case of terrorism. It has gotten over the issue of community police.
“It is now State Police. It is from that State Police that we can now be talking about community police,” he said.
Obasanjo advocated the strengthening of the traditional system and local government administration which he prepared during the Murtala/Obasanjo administration.
“I believe there is a need to enable that tier of government to work truly like a local government. They have their own Executive, Judiciary and Legislature.
“They were working and were very visible. Building and managing roads, looking into education, health, local administration, agriculture. But they were all gone,” he lamented.
Obasanjo added that the experience of the ex-chairmen in local government administration was enough to aspire for higher posts.
Obasanjo, who was presented with a letter of a Life Patron, assured that he would look into their request and always be available on request.
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