Following the disturbing wave of insecurity in the country, the Director-General of Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, Salihu Lukman, has asked the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to immediately implement the report presented by the party’s committee on True Federalism headed by Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
Lukman strongly believed that the recommendations of the report possess potent solutions to the unabated spate of kidnappings and banditry activities currently bedevilling the country.
In a statement entitled, “Poverty and Existential Problems of Nigeria,” the PGF DG demanded the ruling party must find solutions to the scary security challenge facing Nigerians, adding that proactive measures must be taken to save ordinary Nigerians, particularly students at the mercy of bandits.
The APC chieftain argued that the Nigeria Police as it is presently constituted cannot provide the needed security required to protect the lives of school children who are being threatened on a daily basis.
While he identified poverty as complicating the security crisis, Lukman specifically called for the creation of State Police as recommended by the Committee which was led by Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai.
He said:” We may delude ourselves into all the debate based on the reckless consideration of amnesty and divisive ethnic and religious propaganda. The reality is that criminal activity of banditry, kidnappings and abduction of innocent school children are emerging to be very lucrative economic activities in the country.
“It is now a sophisticated business network with a frontend that may involve people and institutions that are least suspected. For instance, how is it possible that tens and hundreds of people would be abducted without any trace? Wouldn’t they pass through towns, villages and communities? Along the routes they passed, wouldn’t there be police and security posts/stations, traditional and religious leaders that could confirm suspicious movements?
“And with all these sad realities of our existential threats in the country, which is destroying our educational sector, we are debating whether we should have state police or not. Anybody debates whether or not to have state police is simply part of the problem.
“How many private securities are guarding our homes? With all that is happening to our schools, isn’t it a case that requires the establishment of an armed police station in each school to guarantee the safety of our children?
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