Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday says the establishment of state police is the needed panacea that would curb the menace of herdsmen killings and other security challenges in the country
“State police and other policing methods are clearly the way to go,’’ he declares.
According to Osinbajo every Nigerian was entitled to adequate security by government and that the security failures of the government were not deliberate.
He made the presentation at a National Security Summit organized by the National Assembly in Abuja.
“We cannot realistically police a country the size of Nigeria centrally from Abuja,’’ he argues.
“As a people any killing undermines the security of the state,’’ he states as he mentioned several killings that had taken place in different parts of the country in recent times.
He says that government had worked on some policy objectives some of which needed legislative approval and cooperation of the judiciary.
Osinbajo says that the security challenges of the country were complex and nuanced that securing Nigeria’s over 900,000 square Kilometres and 180 million people required far more men and materials than we have at the moment.
On Herdsmen Killings
”I do not know of any one issue that has given President Buhari more concern or on which he has spent more time with Security Chiefs, as this particular issue.
”It is important to make clear, that no one is giving land to anyone, as is being falsely alleged.
”Instead, it is our view that States that are willing and which have set aside land for development should cooperate with willing investors in commercially viable, government-supported ranches or livestock production centres for commercial use.
“It requires a continual reengineering of our security architecture and strategies; this has to be a dynamic process.’’
According to him for the country of our size, to meet the one policeman to 400 persons approved by the UN, will require triple of our current police force, far more funding of the police, the military and security agencies.
He posits that the country must intensify its collaboration with the neighbours to prevent the movement of persons with small arms and disarm pastoralists and other bandits passing through the nation’s borders.
“We must avoid the danger of allowing these conflicts to turn to religious or ethnic conflicts,’’ he says adding that it was the responsibility of political, religious and other leadership elite in Nigeria.’’
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