Insecurity: All Governors Frustrated, We Are Called Chief Security Officers for Nothing -El-Rufai

The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai on Monday lamented that all governors are frustrated over the state of security across the country.

El-Rufai lamented during an interview on Politics Today of Channels Television.

He said the governors have no control over security in their states, lamenting that they are Chief Security Officers only by name.

He stressed that the recent #EndSARS protest by youths against police brutality in parts of the country has exposed the inability of the governors despite being called the Chief Security Officers of their states.

“We are all frustrated. I am frustrated in my state, many governors are frustrated in their states; we are called chief security officers only in name, we have no control over cohesive instruments of the state,” the governor said.

He added, “We are almost helpless. The #EndSARS protest clearly showed the limit to the control of governors over the police and the military.

“Some of us have more influence than others, but to a large extent, you ask the commissioner of police to do something and he has to clear with the Inspector-General of Police; this is the reality.

“We are not in control of the police, I don’t determine who gets posted to my state as CP and if I give him directives, he can decide to flout the directives. So, we are all frustrated.”

According to him, restructuring the country does not lie with President Muhammdu Buhari alone as he explained that the National Assembly must be in agreement.

El-Rufai said: "I don't think the solution lies with President Buhari alone. It is not a matter of being a call away from President Muhammadu Buhari."

About lives that have been lost to recent revenge attacks in Kaduna, he said: "It is quite unfortunate that these lives were lost. As the government has always said, people should not take laws into their hands. When there is a breach of the law, the appropriate thing is to report to the authorities."

The Governor believes decentralising the police force will go a long way in addressing the security problems bedevilling the nation.

According to him, Nigeria is the only country in the world that is a federation that has only one police force.

The governor stated that the governors had engaged in arguments that states should be allowed to have their own police, while local governments should be allowed to have community police.

He noted that most state governments were responsible for the running cost of the police such as vehicles, fuel, communication, while the Federal Government was only responsible for the payment of the salaries of policemen.

He therefore, stressed the need to recruit more personnel into the police force and ensure they were rightly deployed into designated areas of duty.

“The number of policemen we have in Nigeria is inadequate, it is less than half of what we need and a large percentage of them are engaged in non-police duties like carrying handbags of the wives of important people.

“We need to have a greater footprint of police in Nigeria and the only way to achieve that in a fast track manner is to amend the Constitution and put policing on the concurrent list, as recommended by the APC True Federalism Committee report, so that we have more policemen.”

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