Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Monday praised the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) for supporting the creation of the state police as a solution to the country’s security challenges. The governors of 19 northern states and the kings of the region on September 12 announced their support for the establishment of state police in this country.
In a statement released after their meeting in Abuja and read by Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, the protest called for an amendment to the 1999 Constitution to create a legal basis for the creation of the state police.
Northern leaders noted that the creation of the state police was the only solution to the kidnappings, murders and property destruction rampant in the region.
In the past, many Nigerians have demanded the establishment of a state police as a last resort to deal with the growing insecurity in the country. However, there are concerns that politicians are using the state police to pursue a personal agenda.
In a statement issued by his own press secretary, Richard Olatunde, Governor d’Ondo noted that the northern leaders’ call for constitutional amendments to facilitate the creation of the police states come at a time when people no longer have much confidence in the federal government’s ability to secure them.
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He stressed that the state police are the only rational and pragmatic solution to the country’s security problems.
The statement read: “All patriots should commend the courage of the 19 Northern Governors and the Northern Traditional Rulers Council for their stand at this important time for the country.
“We, on our part at the Southern Governors Forum, have continued to reiterate the fact of the inherent irrationality of an agreement that is nominally federal, but their observations as opposed to best practices adopted by climates considered advanced and evolving. , is susceptible to nuances and adaptations that reflect and conform to the inclusive aspirations of the component units.
“We will continue to emphasize the establishment of the state police as the only rational and pragmatic solution to the widespread insecurity problem in the country.
“Furthermore, we will not fail to continue to call for policies towards true decentralization of unions. This is the surest path to peace and progress.