- Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar, governor of Zamfara state declared Nigeria is now mature for state police system
- Abubakar said he does not think Nigeria police is up to 500,000 in the nation of over 200 million people
- He maintained that they are very inadequate to cater for the problem. If we are giving opportunity to have state police it will be nice
Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar, governor of Zamfara state, and chairman, Nigerian Governor’s Forum, on Tuesday, April 25, declared that Nigeria is now ripe for state police in order to effectively tackle the internal security problems facing the country.
Leadership reports that Abubakar made this known in his country home in Talata area of the state.
According to him, ''I think we are matured for state police because in 2014 when we were doing constitutional amendments, we came up with the issue of state police. Many Nigerians did not support the then issue because of the nature of some state executives.
''Our problem today is not one to engage the military, it is internal security and the police are the right people to provide the intelligence. They are the right people to work in the situation but because the police are either not trained very well to cater for the menace or they are inadequate, their number is enough to match with the problem, or they are not equipped. But we are concerned with the number of Nigeria police.
''I don’t think Nigeria police is up to 500,000 in the nation of over 200 million people. So they are very inadequate to cater for the problem. If we are giving opportunity to have state police it will be nice.
''By the way, it is only salary that we are not paying because we pay allowance for any officer that slept overnight on duty outside their duty post. We pay him. They are on our payrolls. It is is only arms and ammunition we are not buying for them, but all the logistics and other expectations are on the shoulder of state governments. If we can do that we can take the other responsibilities.''
He further added that if the argument is that the governors are going to use the state police to their advantage, “what assurance is there that the Federal Government is not using the federal police against the opposition.”
According to the governor, democracy is growing day by day and Nigeria’s insecurity problems are internal problems that ought be tackled by the police whose job it is to gather intelligence.
Yari pointed out that his experience as a former lawmaker has shown that Nigeria’s budgeting system cannot effectively fund the country’s critical infrastructure.
According to him, each and every senator and member of House of Representative want a particular project to be cited in his or her own community, stressing that the country’s infrastructure is beyond constituency projects.
He added: “It is only if the Nigerian government and National Assembly can collaborate and find permanent plans for the funds for capital development, and for infrastructure can we catch with the contemporary world. Otherwise, if we continue with our budgeting system, it won’t get us anywhere.''
On the performance of his administration, he said his study of the local people of the state and what they need before coming into governance defined the projects being done in all the parts of the state.
He noted that constructing and commissioning of a road and a bridge on which river no less than thirty lives were being lost yearly is one project he would live to appreciate.
According to him, ''The history of that river is such that every year we lose about 30 persons because the river is large and from far place, sometimes it overflows, and they will just be riding in their boat and suddenly the waves will come and clear everyone. So year in year out we lost a minimum of 30 people until the bridge was built.''
He said plans are underway to build embedded electricity generation for rural communities.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Yari threatened to end the political career of the senator representing Zamfara central, Kabiru Marafa in 2019.
The governor was said to have made the threat after Senator Marafa allegedly said he and his deputy were responsible for the insecurity in Zamfara state.
The newspaper reports that the governor who spoke through one of his special advisers, Alhaji Salisu Isah, at a press conference in Kaduna, faulted the allegations the senator made against him and his deputy.
Are Nigerian Policemen the worst in the world? - on NAIJ.com TV: