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Contrary to a report credited to two foreign bodies, The International Police Association and the Institute for Economics and Peace, which described it as the worst in the world, the Nigeria Police Force has rated itself not only as the best in the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations and Africa but also one of the best in the world.

The report was a fallout of the 2016 World Internal Security and Police Index, WISPI, credited to two bodies, The International Police Association and the Institute for Economics and Peace.

The report claimed to have measured the ability of the police to address Internal Security Issues in 127 Countries in four key areas of capacity, process, legitimacy and outcomes.

But reacting to the report which was carried by an online medium, The Cable, Friday, the Force Headquarters said it rejected the report in its entirety, saying the framers of the so called rating were out to blackmail the Nigeria Police.

The reaction came just as the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, assured Nigerians, international community and stakeholders of policing with integrity and international core values and world best practices.

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“Nigeria Police Force is the best in UN Peace Keeping Operations, best in Africa, one of the best in the world. The Force rejects the report as unempirical and absolute falsehood, and should be disregarded and discountenanced, “the police high command said in a statement released to the media through Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP. ”

The Nigeria Police Force after a careful study of the report and the news items emanating from it, wishes to state categorically that the report is entirely misleading, a clear misrepresentation of facts and figures and essentially unempirical, considering the area of coverage of the report which was said to have been carried out in 2016 by the above mentioned associations, “the Force Headquarters’ statement said. The statement read further:”

The report did not take into cognisance the significant improvement in the areas of capacity building, training and re-training of the entire personnel of the force as provided for by the current Federal Government of Nigeria and other foreign and local NGOs which has greatly improved the efficiency and service delivery of the personnel of the Force throughout the country. ”

It is pertinent to state that the instruments used to evaluate the performance of the Force vis-à-vis that of other countries is absolutely incorrect and grossly inadequate and therefore a plain distortion of facts and figures. ”

The strength of about 370,000 police personnel in the country stands at around one policeman to less than 600 people in a population estimates of 180,000,000 Nigerians. ”

The statement further read:” It is equally significant to state that the current recruitment of additional 10,000 police personnel into the Force by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the request by the Inspector General of Police to Government for approval of the recruitment of 31,000 police personnel yearly for a period of five years will definitely increase the strength of the Force to meet up with the UN ratio of one policeman to 400 citizens. In the UN Peace Keeping System, the Nigeria Police Force is rated as the best in UN Peace keeping operations in the world. This clearly shows that the Nigeria Police Force is not and cannot be the worst in the world under any known scientific yardstick or measuring instrument.”

Currently, the Nigeria Police Force is one of the only two African delegates representing the whole of Africa continent on the executive committee of Interpol, a position the Force attained based on high performance, merit and sustained good track records. ”

For avoidance of doubt, since the inception of the present Police administration in July 2016, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, has introduced and implemented diverse internal reforms aimed at improving capacity building and efficient service delivery of the personnel of the Force, which is yielding positive results in the standardization of the capability of the Nigeria Police Force to deal with violent crimes and terrorism throughout the country.”

The establishment and take-off of a world class Terrorism Investigation Bureau for the Force with state-of-the-art equipment and technical support from foreign partners has greatly improved the capacity of the Force to deal with threats posed to internal security in this regard.

“However, it must be pointed out that the Nigeria Police Force sees the report as a clear demonstration of mischief, ignorance and calculated attempt to distort the feat being recorded by the Force in ensuring adequate security and safety of Nigerians. ”

Nowhere in the report were references made to either the improved capacity or achievements recorded by the Nigeria Police Force across the country in the recent time, the Force therefore implores all Nigerians and international community to disregard the report as unfounded and misleading.

“The renewed determination of the Force to adhere to Internal Police Reforms for greater efficiency in service delivery and conform to standard principles, building trust and confidence in the citizenry for their safety remain unequivocal and unwavering.”

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224 Comments

224 Comments

  1. BiafraUnited

    November 13, 2017 at 5:49 am

    The worst criminal organization in the world.

  2. Muhammed Samusideen Olaitan

    November 12, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Its only in Nigeria you’ll see a policeman playing baba ijebu, naira bet etc while on duty, even in uniform.

  3. Muhammed Samusideen Olaitan

    November 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

    To be one of the best isn’t by words, but by actions. Nigerian Police still have a very long way to go.

  4. Ikenna Emma Young

    November 12, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Lol…. Theft na theft…. Like it or not…

  5. Frank Izuu

    November 12, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Arrant Nonsense

  6. Chris John

    November 12, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Needs to prove it by actions not words

  7. ThankGod Kc Ibe

    November 12, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Anything worst than worst is what Nigeria police is. Wasted!

  8. Razaq Oriyomi Aderibigbe

    November 12, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Even would be the worst in hell fire

  9. Chika Ariguzo

    November 12, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Keep denying

  10. Weng Matthew Daniel

    November 12, 2017 at 5:42 am

    If i hear

  11. Okechukwu Okereke

    November 12, 2017 at 5:16 am

    They are the worst ever in the world

  12. Adeoti Dominion

    November 12, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Hmmmmm, Nigeria police? Best indeed.

  13. Prince Junior

    November 12, 2017 at 4:18 am

    they are more than worst

  14. Bright Mccallester

    November 12, 2017 at 12:39 am

    I think POLICE is overstatement’ de havent reach to that level
    just #armed_national_men_and_boys_scouts OR bro in arms

  15. Anthony Obinwa

    November 12, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Stupid people are u going to rank ur self or people. Look is not Nigeria’s ranked u is the world because they’re seen u people.shemless to ur Nigeria police. This is world disgrace.

  16. Bright Mccallester

    November 12, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Other countries ranked as worst has not spoken and would take correction to avoid it but nigeria is #notice_me_de_worst

  17. Saintt Peter Nzubechukwu Iweajunwa

    November 12, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Cursed idiots.

  18. Okay Enyi

    November 12, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Nigeria Police are criminals rubbing people openly steadily year in year out. Criminals in uniform.

  19. Donald Donadon

    November 11, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Foolish idiots

  20. Gideon Okparac

    November 11, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    GOD FORBID

  21. Nkem Peters

    November 11, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Hahahahaha the worst

  22. Anthony Igwuru

    November 11, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Una be the best for egunje

  23. Henez Ezenwa

    November 11, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Would have used the word may guard not police. They aren’t up to that standard na

  24. Henez Ezenwa

    November 11, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    the worst police is over statement,

  25. Umar B Umar

    November 11, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    U are not….

  26. Kingosita Onah

    November 11, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    They are the warst ever

  27. Okwy China

    November 11, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Orient time,,, Thanks for posting this type of issue. We dont have police in nigeria,, what we have here are thugs in police uniform. “its a long story”

  28. Youngnoble Kalu

    November 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    God forbid

  29. Justice Nwi-UeBari

    November 11, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Best in taking bribe. Selling prisoner to rituals.

  30. Okafor Chinedu Samuel

    November 11, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Lol!! You can not extort money from the innocent masses whom you are meant to protect and still expect to be rank the best

  31. Abel Emmanuel

    November 11, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Ranking you the worst is like praising you, they should have looked for another word to use in place of this that will suit you more

  32. Angel Peric

    November 11, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    hahaha ndi ara, zoo police are evil

  33. Andybest Bush

    November 11, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    100% you are not

  34. Rodriguez Pence

    November 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Who arE YoU tO CoUnt YoUr seLf As the bEst, when the whoLe WorLd hAs ListEd YoU aS the WorSt. WheN i Said, it ShaLL neVeR be WeLL With Nigeria, they will be tag it hate SpeeCh.

  35. Paul Onyekachi

    November 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Yes worst

  36. Chuks Ogbu

    November 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Breaking news:
    Nigeria police are the worst in the whole world The zoo government proscribed IPOB as a terrorist group but the world declined and said they are the most peaceful indigenous people in the world, the reverse: IPOB exposed the zoological republic of Nigeria police evil to the world, the world ranked Nigeria police as the worst police globally… Thanks to Chikwu okike Abiahma. All hail Biafra.

  37. Abraham William

    November 11, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Idiots

  38. Abraham William

    November 11, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    You’re papa

  39. Obanore Ignatius

    November 11, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    The score was what you deserve.
    No wayo.

  40. Merizzy Merit

    November 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Nigeria police is the worst.. Shame on them

  41. Abubakar Usman

    November 11, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    You are the best criminals

  42. Solomon Ibrahim

    November 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    You are only best in collecting bribe.

  43. Engr Chidi Aloysius Nwosu

    November 11, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Haha the worst

  44. Evelyn Edeh Bernard

    November 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    In what way?

  45. Tony Sylvers

    November 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Yes world best on road block and sorting. Hahahahahahahaha

  46. Kelvin Onwuka

    November 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    thieves

  47. Chinwenwa Okeke

    November 11, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Haha.best indeed

  48. Obia Edwin Ogbonna

    November 11, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Group of criminals

  49. Falana M Bamidele

    November 11, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    No more road block but you still see them on the road collecting 100 naira from the motorist . special squared doing special bribery

  50. Alex Okoro

    November 11, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Then stop intimidating suspects, bribery, stealing nd evil deed.

  51. Icee Age

    November 11, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    ONE OF THE BEST CRIMINALS IN THE WORLD. AWON OLEE!

  52. Mzta Alex Nino

    November 11, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    ndi nzuzu

  53. Nnenna Okongwu

    November 11, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Nooo I don’t believe you @Dturn Bturn , if not for Nigerian police our country would have been experiencing serious security challenges , they are really trying
    .

  54. Odinaka Ifeanyi

    November 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Story

  55. Ezeanyagu Ikenna

    November 11, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Shame they think world are not watching fools

  56. Ifeanyichukwu Madunagu Frank

    November 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Yes oooh Nigeria police one of the best killer as you can see here

  57. Odeyemi Wasiu

    November 11, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    The worst enemy in Nigeria

  58. Charlie Best

    November 11, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Yes you are the best

  59. MaryAnn Okoye

    November 11, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Nigeria police wahala come to Nkpor juntion and see them collecting their thing as usual thief thief Nigeria police

  60. Oshia Junior

    November 11, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    MUMU UNA BE THE WORST EVER THOSE MONEY WHEN UNA DEY COLLECT FOR ROAD YOU THINK SAY E DEY GIVE UN GOOD NAME ABI

  61. Rosemary Metu

    November 11, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Prove to the whole world that you are not that’s all

  62. Elvis Ezinwanne Atusiuba

    November 11, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    They are the “baddest” (worst)in the world.
    They don’t have human feeling in them.

  63. Chibueze Michael Ndeokwelu

    November 11, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    In ur dreams

  64. Felix Okechukwu

    November 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    For where? One of the best in bribe collection and extortion.

  65. Darlington Cedar Okpe

    November 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    With corruption and injustice…..
    Nigeria’ police is full of bribery
    So you people should stop lamenting…..
    You have kill this country if you see justice you turn it upside down because of selfless gain

  66. Ikechukwu Mathew

    November 11, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Bad student that what the zoo is .

  67. Ebuka Igwe

    November 11, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    You are the only good in taking bribe

  68. Young Chris Tochi

    November 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Yes they are not even one of the one but best in worst useless set of people

  69. Anorue Strider

    November 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Truly the worst

  70. Francis Aroh

    November 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    When you are busy collecting bribe on daily basis from innocent people intimidating and killing and maim, you expected to be best in the world. Nigeria police is a disgrace in society.

  71. Michael Ositadinma Duru

    November 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    yes in bribery and corruption, in framing innocent citizens and victimising people unjustly

  72. Onyema EKe

    November 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    No, you are one of the most corrupt organization in the world

  73. Augustine Ikenyirimba

    November 11, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    yes day are the most wasn’t police in the world

  74. Ugwuanyi Mescana

    November 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Loi. Fools

  75. Aloysius Onyebuchii

    November 11, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    In stupidity

  76. K.k. Peter

    November 11, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Agama Lizard encouragement.

  77. Kenneth Onyema Owoghiri

    November 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    The Nigeria Police is not the worst. There are other criterias in which we are actually the best. I challenge policemen from that country tbey rated the best to come here and try to police Nigerians. They will run away. It is not tbe Nigerian Police that is the issue but the environment. Pure and simple.

  78. Sunday Nwekpa

    November 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Most corrupt

  79. Olufunso Akofe

    November 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Yes d best in endemic corruption

  80. Blessin Onyeabor

    November 11, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    bfor nkoo….. best in killing and taking bribe, forcefully extorting money from poor civilians best in commiting the worse atrocious crimes ever in the century. best my cute ass!!!

  81. LambLean Cornelius

    November 11, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Ndi ara

  82. Alex Peters Peters

    November 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    You’re worst…juju police

  83. Chinemeze Okafor

    November 11, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Everyone is aware of u guys

  84. Bishop Moses Sunny Chikwado

    November 11, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Opposite

  85. Oke Chukwu

    November 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Their are good but if they want to work they will work unless they don’t want

  86. John Omaka

    November 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Your one of the last in the world

  87. Immiga Naija

    November 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    They’re worse than the last. You’re incomparable. Bunch of thieves.

  88. Mgbemere Emeka

    November 11, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    They are the best. I agree.

  89. Christopher Ifeanyi

    November 11, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Nawhaoo! In politics, rated do or die affair. In policing , rated the worst in the planet. In terrorist, rated number 4 in the world. In corruption, Haaa! The first in history of the world. WELOCME TO NAIZORIA!

  90. Teddy Itite

    November 11, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    nigeria police are thiefs of the highest order.

  91. Lawrence Adebayor Lawal

    November 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    U can NEVER appraise urself in life…
    Supposing d ranking was Nigeria Police is amongst d first ten in d world it will be a welcome appraisal..

  92. Derricks Chianna

    November 11, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Explain how you emerged one of the best in the world without #Intelligence!

  93. Kings Brandon Brandon

    November 11, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Of their is anything note than the worst, pleas let them be ranked it.

  94. Usenobong Imoh Essien

    November 11, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Welcome to the zoo

  95. Ibiam Chibuzor

    November 11, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Nigerian police thief pass arm rubber’s

  96. Johnson Chiaghalam

    November 11, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Hahahaha!!!!! Hahahaha!!!!! Hahahaha hahahaha has nothing to offffffffffeeeeeeeerrrrrr!!!!

  97. Onyebuchy Hookz

    November 11, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    You’re not one of the best. You’re the best. Idiot

  98. Don Chukwunonso Tompolo

    November 11, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Yes,,, they are one of the best…

  99. Don Obi

    November 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Kikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikik…..

  100. Faddy Valine

    November 11, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Animals police thieves, kidnappers

  101. Ikechukwu Mba

    November 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    The best in lies and killing of innocent people

  102. Peter Diamond

    November 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Say by who?

  103. Aliyu Arzika

    November 11, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    If you believe they are the worst and you take your case to them then you are the worst fool I ever see.

  104. Sam Udoh

    November 11, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Jonsing. No one needs their opinion. Worst police in the world

  105. Chinemeze O Chinemeze

    November 11, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    4 where?

  106. Okwy Faith

    November 11, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Even Cameroon police pass u guys.

  107. Mithras Love

    November 11, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    God punish me if Nigeria police is the best in the world. Nigeria police are criminals. Don’t make a mistake of reporting a case for them to arrest someone, cos the moment they notice the person u ask them to arrest is rich, trust me, they will arrest u instead of the criminal.

  108. Azubuike Zubby Morrison

    November 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    hahaha

  109. Afunwa Stephen Stephen

    November 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Okay

  110. Sheddyb Okoro

    November 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Nigerian police bu Ndiara
    If I tell wat i pass trow from diz animals on uniform u went believe me
    Vagaboms

  111. Yau Magaji

    November 11, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Funke

  112. D Turn Byturn

    November 11, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Boys scout is better than zoo police…

  113. Endurance Icon

    November 11, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Thunder fire Nigeria police for saying their the best in the world

  114. Musa Tanko

    November 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Haha haha haha haha haha

  115. Chukwuemeka Samuel

    November 11, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Nigeria police is good at nothing but to intimidate, harras, rob and kill innocent people

  116. Don Richy

    November 11, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Worst thy are no one

  117. Precious Ibeawuchi

    November 11, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Weder una like it or not e don enter be say e don enter… stupid bribe collectors.. best in the world my foot

  118. Irrevokeable Michael Jnr

    November 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    One of the best thieves and arm robbers in the world.

  119. Timsy Uche

    November 11, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    You are as per the rating.

  120. Obidi Kelvin

    November 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Make I die immediately if Nigeria police is one of the best in the world….taaa

  121. Kozzy Eya

    November 11, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    murderers in uniforms

  122. Okeke Ginika

    November 11, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Criminals in uniform

  123. Aneke Thaddeus Okechukwu

    November 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Yes you are one of the best when it comes to collecting bribe and killing of innocent people. Frustrated bastards led by a dying terrorist

  124. Oguh Chukwuemeka

    November 11, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Best in the world in bribery and kwarupshion

  125. Daniel Barine

    November 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    One of the best? For mounting road blocks and extortion at gunpoint?

  126. Emmauel Udoebom

    November 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Lies for everything in this APC government. The world said it not a Nigerian man, you still lie.

  127. Victor Okon

    November 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    In taking of bribe they are the best

  128. Onyemaechi Tony

    November 11, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Of course the best in bribery, kidnapping, unlawful killing, ….Someday u all will be kissing the devil.

  129. Augustine Kenneth

    November 11, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Worst

  130. Anyaegbu Chibuike

    November 11, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    De world is watching u.

  131. Reginald Dike

    November 11, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Continue fooling your self that you are the best. Thank God the report emanated from outside the country. You think people outside here do not see all these things you do? Better you start now to reform.

  132. Diego Gabriel Nkemjika

    November 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Useless Nigerian police

  133. Ezeoke Evarist Chinedu

    November 11, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    It doesn’t lie in your mouth.Have a rethink on the activities of the police in Nigeria lately.

  134. Kris Williams

    November 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    No no you people are worst in world bribe and killings every time.

  135. Eze Hamlet

    November 11, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Broken bottle has no mekwatarism

  136. Edu Austin

    November 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Their actions bleed crime in the society.

  137. Chidex Hillson

    November 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Fools, what did I hear u people say? Ur d best after collecting egunje from motorists and corrupt people to turn a case against d complainant. My people see how these idiots in uniform spend d egunje they collected.

    • Shuaib Abdulganiy

      November 11, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      No mind them. They arrest okada men in Ilorin and sale both motorcycle and the rider for 80k to richualist. Real in kwara state

    • Chidex Hillson

      November 11, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Useless set of people

  138. Stanley Ofoedum

    November 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Hahahahaha. Are Nigerian police to rate themselves or the world

  139. Abdulazeez Idris

    November 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Who unah help? when make unah become best if I hear

  140. Chuks Chukwu

    November 11, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Best in bribery. Best in extortion. Best in indiscipline. Best in awkwardness. Best in humiliations. Best in human assault. Best in reluctance to distress calls. Best in delaying justice. Best in traffic rules violation. Just to mention but a few

  141. Oldsodgier Umunnakwe

    November 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Please accept it because that’s what you are, killings raping kidnapping armrubbring that is going on in Nigeria has been carried out by the police on daily basis

  142. Chukwu Uzomah Mayah

    November 11, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    See best…? Very funny

  143. Nwanochie Samuel

    November 11, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    It is not matter of rejection, it is the function of action! Though I have a high ranked police office as relation and another as friend, aside the two, Nigerian police needs total cleanup

  144. Austin Ovie

    November 11, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    When bus drivers sees Nigerian police ahead on the road, they just keep #50 or #100 heady to give to the most corrupt police in the whole world

  145. Ikenna Offor

    November 11, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Zoo police ,useless pple

  146. Mohammed Muktar

    November 11, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Nigeria police is the best in Africa.

  147. Godswill Uche

    November 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I laugh wan enter gutter..lolssss
    Nigerian police and devil are brother and sisters

  148. Anaetochukwu Adosaraonye

    November 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    ur guys are bunch of daylight criminals

  149. Chekwube Nwufo

    November 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Global Terrorism Index (GTI) ranked Boko haram and Fulani Herdsmen as the 3rd & 4th most deadliest terrorist organization in the world but none of them has ever accepted they are terrorist. You understand?

  150. Chukwuma Evergreen Judenty

    November 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    If u say u are one of the worsts in the world we would agree with u small that there are some countries that have same police as bad as u people . But saying one of the bests?? Do u mark ur scripts after exam ?? Ur result has been given to u so just accept it in Good faith !!

  151. Mack Chanchin'g

    November 11, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    big Zoo and inhuman Police

  152. Emmanuel Uba

    November 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    The world know the ture

  153. Anumaka Nwabu

    November 11, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    moonlight tail

  154. Osei Adjei

    November 11, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Criminal police go to head bridge onitsha and see the type traffic police is causing there

  155. Moses St. Boyce

    November 11, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Chai see comments

  156. Azoro Ifeanyi Fortunate

    November 11, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Animals…

  157. Abubakar Sani Katsina Assalafy

    November 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    IDONT KNOW WHY MOST OF NIGERIANS HATE OUR GALANT POLICE! DESPITE THEIR GOOD EFFORTS TO IRRADICATE CRIME WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY HABA! AND NOBODY AMONG THIS PEOPLE CAN COME OUT AND FULLY EXPLAIN WHY

    • Sunday Daniel

      November 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Pls come to grassroots and see how police intimidate pple. They see white and call it black.

  158. Prince Chinemerem

    November 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    For collecting 50 and 100 #. Per and keke lolz

  159. Prince Chinemerem

    November 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    You are the best bribe and corrupt police in the world I agreed with u lolz

  160. John Uche

    November 11, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Story for the gods

  161. Arinze Ikwuegbu

    November 11, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I totally Agee with the report even before reading it..
    These guys leave the core part of their jobs only to seek bribe from unsuspecting members of the public.
    Few good folks among them but a greater brood of vampires work with them.
    I hate them so much after my last experience with them . You can hardly differentiate between the police men and criminals attimes

  162. Donbaronrich Osita Elendu

    November 11, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    An anambra man be like no eretion in anambla state lol

  163. Abubakar Sadik Haquri

    November 11, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    No police in NIGERIA, only bribe collectors

  164. Onwe Uzoma

    November 11, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Nigeria police institution is one of the highly organised criminal body in the whole world

  165. Henry Ndubuisi

    November 11, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Lol see una… Make una go fight with Iran 1st before dem go rank una well idiots

  166. Uchez Chinonso

    November 11, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Hmmm zoo police

  167. Ebiri Daniel

    November 11, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Best in corruption and bribery.

  168. Michael Ekebi

    November 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Saying you are the best doesn’t make you the best.

  169. Abba Musa Muhammad

    November 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    U are the best in receiving bribe in Africa

  170. Nsikan Umodiong

    November 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Lie lie. You are not & if things continue this you will never ever

  171. Ajao Babatunde

    November 11, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Rating them the worst itself is making g them too relevant. They don’t deserve to be ranked at all.

  172. Charles Ani

    November 11, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Have you correct 50 today

  173. Emmanuel Archibong

    November 11, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Shame on them money collector

  174. Eze Junior

    November 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Zoo police is the best in the world

  175. Iyke Eze

    November 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    One of the best worldwide in teams of corruption and drunken while on duty

  176. Biafra Man

    November 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    imagine boko haram terrorist on police uniforms taking trash.

  177. Okeychukwu Ezike

    November 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Hahahaha

  178. Onu David Onu

    November 11, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Criminals in the name of police

  179. Lawrence Ezealigo

    November 11, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    So zoo police are performed very poorly due to poor back ground

  180. James Daniel

    November 11, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Zoo police is the worst

  181. Mgboo Ugochukwu Promsy

    November 11, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    You remain the worst

  182. Samson Adeyemi

    November 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Best from the rear.

  183. John Egeonu

    November 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    It’s very shameful and unacceptable to see a force which whole lot of money is been spent on and still been the world’s worst!

  184. Clinton Chimah

    November 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I wish there is another word to use.You’re worser than any other police in the world.

  185. Oluomo A Salisu

    November 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    you people should stop deceiving your self,the truth have been told,you are the worst,instead of claiming rubbish,just work on your dignity,above all you people don’t have respect for humanity,pls adjust your self and stop ranting rubbish !!!.

  186. Emmanuel Ifeanyi Chukwu Emmanuel

    November 11, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    God can never sleep

  187. Gordon Alloy PE

    November 11, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    yes best in collecting bribe
    Stupid ppl

  188. Lawrence Ezealigo

    November 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    More than worst, President Mugabe once said, You can’t elected an illiterate as President and expected him to performed like OBAMA

  189. Chidi Ebere

    November 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Thieves and criminals nigerian police, good for nothing force..

  190. Ogbonna Ozor

    November 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Na lia the hole world don talk am say na una carry last for everything now una wan change am abi?

  191. Anthony Festus Wayne

    November 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Best in what, if not in criminal activities

  192. Okino Edward

    November 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    nigeria police are the most useless uneducated foolish people in the world

  193. Nnaji-Edeh Innocent

    November 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Na true

  194. John Amas

    November 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    How?

  195. Eze Kingsley Sly

    November 11, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Look at their criminal faces

  196. John Ben

    November 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    the world have spoken so be it

  197. John Ben

    November 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    says who

  198. Bello Eveshovase Fidelis

    November 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    The worst

  199. Ebei Ibi

    November 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Criminals are the best police in the whole world.

  200. Promise Chukwuma

    November 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I don’t even know what’s the best word to describe Nigeria politicians, sorry I mean Nigeria police?

  201. Obisco Emmanuel

    November 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

  202. Uscar David

    November 11, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    You can’t rate youeself Nigeria police you are worst than worst

  203. Austin Emordi

    November 11, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Policemen should try go out of Nigeria to witness how police men look like and how criminal case is handled. Compares nigeria police with some country police men you will agree with me that the Nigeria police force is the worst of all.

  204. Chukwudi Ekpunobi

    November 11, 2017 at 12:47 pm

  205. Gabriel Ejoke Henry

    November 11, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    The best in corruption and intimidation

  206. Chuzzy Best

    November 11, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Yes you are the best when it comes to egunji

  207. Juliet Nnanna

    November 11, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Yes, you’re one of the best criminals,thieves, uncivilised, uneducated, lawless, murderer, terrorist in police uniform , that’s exactly what you are, disgusting fools

  208. Paul Peter

    November 11, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    So good the world body are seeing the monstrous atrocious acts Nigeria police are committing

  209. Chibuike Ugonna

    November 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    You are fantastically corrupt.

  210. Chukwuma Evergreen Judenty

    November 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Just shut up . U all know the ranking is true

  211. Kenneth Agulanne

    November 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    No you are wrong you are actually the worst in fact if there is a word worse than the worst that is what you are.

  212. Anyanwu Dickson Chidex

    November 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Taaaa. Na we get first position for everything

  213. Emmanuel Chigozie

    November 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Nigeria police and army are worst than Boko haram and Isis put together.

  214. Spersadex Uwa

    November 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Worst and uneducated men on uniform

  215. Kelvin Wisdom Kelvin

    November 11, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Ekelebe

  216. Ezinwa Na Ukwa

    November 11, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Hmmmmmmmmmm it is a pity?

  217. Kelvin Wisdom Kelvin

    November 11, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Lolz,

  218. Nwodo Ifeanyi

    November 11, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    How can you rate your selves indi oshi

  219. Bosun Banjoko

    November 11, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Reanectment of Kaduna teachers’ action 😀

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Why Service Chiefs Won’t Be Sacked Now — Presidency

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The President is not ready to fire the Service Chiefs, the Presidency said on Sunday night.

It was learnt that security reports before the President, indicate that “Nigeria is in a war situation”, as a result of which the President is weighing the options before him.

A cross section of ethnic-based groups and others have been mounting pressure on the President to replace the service chiefs to give new impetus to the battle against insurgency.

The renewed spate of killings by bandits in the North and the resurgence of Boko haram attacks have also fueled the agitation for the removal of the service chiefs.

There is a plan to organise a protest on Monday against the service chiefs which the government said is sponsored.

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Many people have argued that the service chiefs’ continued stay in office beyond four years, has led to low morale in the military.

But presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said on Sunday that: “Removal or sack of service chiefs does not stop all of what we are experiencing. Whether we like it or not, we are in a war situation. The President and the Commander-In-Chief is seeing things that others cannot see. This is why he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

“How can they say the President does not care? His heart is there on how to secure and protect this nation. He is being briefed adequately by the service chiefs and others and he gives directives as the C-In-C.

“It is people who don’t know what the government is doing that are saying the President does not care. They think security is like a market place where everybody is an expert.”

Regarding the clamour for new ideas and strategy, Shehu added: “The strategy is always constantly being reviewed. Nothing is fixed.

“The President is a military man; he has been working very hard with others on multiple solutions to the challenges at hand.

It was learnt that more military hardware and personnel will be deployed in the frontline.

About 3,000 soldiers will be commissioned in March or April for the battle against insurgents.

The Air Force has already inaugurated over 2,000 new air men.

For new equipment, Shehu said: “About 1,000 military hardware bought with military budget and special funds from the Presidency are on the high seas to strengthen the war against insurgency and banditry.”

The Federal Government is hopeful of taking delivery of 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets from the United States.

The contract was awarded to Sierra Nevada Corporation, an American aerospace contractor.

Shehu said: “While the military arsenal is not something you pay for and get, requiring mostly long-time orders, weapons will come in accordance with the terms of contracts.

“This country is expecting the commencement of the delivery of Super Tucano fighter jets, very effective in this kind of warfare, beginning next year from the United States.’’

Shehu explained the security problems are not peculiar to Nigeria as many African countries are under threat.

He said the security challenges were given serious attention at last week’s African Union (AU) meeting in Addis Ababa.

“So much is happening but there is a regional nature of the challenges. At the last AU meeting, there were fears being expressed that terrorists might take over some African states.

“Some people can say that some of these countries are far from us, the truth is that the Sahel Region has a problem.

“The insurgents are carrying out attacks and raids in some countries like Nigeria which they consider lucrative because they abduct or kidnap and collect ransom and they raid to loot.”

“The new AU chairman, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised two Special Summits of the organization this year bordering on security and African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

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US Threatens To Withdraw $380m Abacha Loot

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The United States Government has warned that it will recover the over $308million looted and stashed abroad by former Head of State, the late Gen Sani Abacha, if it is re-stolen in Nigeria.

The threat followed a February 4 repatriation pact the Federal Government signed with the Americans and the government of Jersey to return the money.

The pact was sealed 22 years after Abacha’s death and after almost two decades of litigation involving the three parties.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which partook in what is being regarded as the world’s largest asset recovery across borders, said the foreigners warned against the money being re-looted.

The Commission’s Secretary, Mr. Olanipekun Olukoyede, stated this in Lagos last Friday during an anti-corruption walk organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

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Olukoyede said: “Two weeks ago, I was privileged to be on the team that went to recover $308million for Nigeria. They are from Washington.

“You know what the Oyinbos told us when we wanted to sign the treaty? They had the audacity to look into our eyes and said: ‘If you people steal this money again, we will collect it back from you.’

“I stood up against them, I said: ‘We are not a corrupt nation. A few people might have stolen money, but Nigeria is not a corrupt nation. We have a lot of youths who are not corrupt.

“And you know it is not their fault, (they said that) because they have seen recovered loot being looted again.”

Public money looted by Abacha during his five years in power is estimated to be about $5 billion.

Since 1998, Nigeria has been finding the loot mostly in the United Kingdom, France, the United States, and New Jersey.

The anti-corruption walk, tagged: “Nigerian Youth Walk against Corruption” held simultaneously across the country.

The Lagos version featured a walk across Lagos Island and Ikoyi and included EFCC staff, NYSC members and officials, among others.

Olukoyede also advised young people to be diligent and to shun corruption.

He said: We have arrested so many youths. If we keep putting youths in jail, what is going to be the future of Nigeria?

“So, we want to encourage you; where ever you see corrupt practice, say no to it. Resist it. If anyone is trying to lure you to it, say no. You can win by integrity. Integrity pays….

“Very soon as Youth Corp members will start job-hunting. But where are the jobs? Why aren’t you getting the jobs? A few people have plundered the country’s resources.

‘But let me assure them that at the EFCC, we are not relenting. Let corruption fight back, we will stand against it. We will fight corruption. We will send them to jail. We are not going to give them any chance again in Nigeria.”

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2023 Presidency: North Won’t Accept Igbo Candidates — Yerima Shettima

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Alhaji Yerima Shettima, the National President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, is a member of the coalition that wanted Igbo people sent packing from the North in 2017.

He is also a member of the coalition that just established Operation Shege Ka Fasa, the northern version of the regional security outfit that was raised by the South-West, Amotekun. In this interview, the activist bares his mind on many issues of national importance including northern youths’ position on the 2023 president.

What is your take on the establishment of Amotekun and the idea itself? Do you think it should be allowed?

Yes, it is worth doing because the situation in which we have found ourselves is such that people must begin to see how they can survive, protect themselves. I am an advocate of restructuring and, within that context, I don’t really think it is right for us to over-concentrate at the centre. The way the country is right now, the centre cannot hold anymore; it is clear unless we choose to deceive ourselves. The major issues are security, economy and infrastructure.

On security, there is the need for state police to complement the efforts at the centre. You cannot just be waiting for IG’s instruction to protect your people. If you have community policing and state police, the governor will oversee insecurity unlike the situation now whereby a governor, according to the Constitution is in charge of his own state but when he instructs the Commissioner of Police to do something, the commissioner needs approval from the IG. So you can see he’s overbearing at the centre. So, for me, Amotekun is welcome. In fact, the region that needed Amotekun most is the North. It needed it more than even the South-West because the South-West is living in peace.

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The rate of crime in the South-West is nothing compared to what we have in the North. But, probably, they initiated Amotekun as a proactive measure unlike our place that we are reactionary because we are only reacting now, we are being consumed already by banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and all forms of social vices, robbery on a daily basis and we count casualties, deaths on a daily basis in every part of the northern states. I do not think there is a particular state that you will mention today that has no problem. So, for me, we need Amotekun than even the South-West.

Northern youths just came up with their own version of Amotekun called Shege Ka Fasa. Do you also welcome that?

Like I said, it is a thing we should do even before the South-West. We are into the advocacy but good enough the South-West have their way of doing their own thing. They are faster, more proactive in thinking and doing things. Their governors brought up the idea; they united unlike us in the North where the governors are not active.

So we felt strongly that there is the need for us to also have community policing to complement the central police and I am happy that the IG came out recently after their meeting with the Presidency with the same idea that there is the need for community policing. So, we only set the template and unveiled it and also seek the support of the governors. If they cannot initiate anything, let us set a template for them to see reason why it is important. They should move because, in our case, we must push them unlike the South-West who are the ones initiating it, calling their people because they value lives in the South-West compared to the governors in the North. On a daily basis, they see people dying but they don’t care. So we put it for them so that they can also take the advantage and do the needful like it has been done in the South-West.

The Sultan of Sokoto doesn’t like the idea. In fact, he advised the elites in the North to rise against it and “stop that nonsense”. Are you at home with that reaction?

Ordinarily, one would have expected him to support the idea and, if he suggests that what the coalition did was wrong, one would have expected him to come out with a solution because the situation is beyond somebody sitting at home and be talking without an alternative. So if the Sultan is saying that what the coalition of northern youths did was wrong, then he should give a way out because this issue of killing and kidnapping is going on rampantly.

So, I don’t think it is proper for him to have said that. Let him suggest something different. But if actually that is what he said, where was he when the North was burning and people are dying on a daily basis, what efforts has he made? What has he brought to the table? Where was he when our people were rendered useless in the South-West? Where was he when our people were left stranded because they had no means of livelihood in the North and they ran down to the South to do Okada and, today, Okada has been banned? So it is easy for him to just wake up and condemn what we do but he cannot do same when it affects the South. Whose interest does he represent?

Miyetti Allah is opposed to Amotekun. Why do you think so?

I don’t hold brief for them. It is their opinion.

President Muhammadu Buhari, at the induction of new helicopter fighters, said he had decimated Boko Haram. And the Chief of the Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar, confirmed that. Do you think the present government has actually fought Boko Haram to a standstill?

No, they have not. If they have actually got it right in the last five years nobody would have begun to think of self-help. But they have failed and that is what has brought about what we are witnessing today, it is sad and very unfortunate that the architecture is not put in place in the best interest of the people. People are not longer sleeping with their two eyes closed.

And it is sad and very unfortunate that the Sultan will come out to condemn this initiative; often times, some of our leaders don’t believe in whatever initiative no matter how good it is. If it is coming from them, they don’t appreciate it but they appreciate other people doing it. So one would not be surprised because I have never seen anything that the North initiates that the Sultan and the likes of him appreciate and that is why we are backward. Ordinarily, if they are doing well, we wouldn’t have found ourselves where are today. So, the time has come for some of us to not just sit down and fold our arms and begin to wait for manna to fall from heaven and posterity will judge when the time comes.

How close is your organization to the government of the day to advise the President on what is happening in the North?

There is no time we don’t advise but, unfortunately, the government of the day, to an extent, does not appreciate our advice. Ordinarily, we are stakeholders and we are always in touch with the people. On daily basis, the people troop to our offices, we know exactly where the shoe pinches them but even when you write to the government, the government doesn’t respond easily. We only enjoy when things get out of hand.

That is when we begin to think on how to react but, proactively, we cannot put anything on ground to avoid the things that ordinarily would have been avoidable. The insecurity we found ourselves in would have been avoidable if they are determined and they understand that this thing is likely to happen and we advised them long before now. Having one of our own as the head of the government, he should do better than what we are seeing today.

Some people feel northern youths are setting up Shege Ka Fasa to counter Amotekun. Recall that one of you, Abdulazeez, criticized Amotekun and, one month after, you now came up with this.

I cannot remember if there was any official statement condemning Amotekun by the coalition of northern groups or the group I represent in that coalition, that is, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum. But Abdulazeez represents a platform in the coalition just like any other group among the 36 groups in the northern part of the country. I am not aware but I do not think the coalition made any statement opposed to Amotekun. We even commended it.

I was the first group in the northern part of the country to commend the initiative and I also said that our people too are thinking in that line. Nobody is trying to form a parallel security outfit against the government; that is not our thinking, nobody is trying to do something as if we are doing it to counter the South-West. The idea behind this is to complement the government.

Some Nigerians also feel that the same coalition was the one that at a time in 2017 gave ultimatum to the Igbo in the North to leave. Many are surprised they are still walking freely and they have not been brought to book, arrested or prosecuted for making such a volatile statement against a region in Nigeria. What really informed that move at that time?

What was the offence of the coalition at that time to be called to order or to be prosecuted? All we did was to disallow somebody to just come out from somewhere and begin to abuse our people and nobody was saying anything. We made a statement and, when we did, Nigerians realized that there was a need for that statement at that time to awaken the consciousness of people, the leaders in the South-East to call one of their own sons who was busy abusing the sensibility of people, undermining the government of Nigeria. What we did was commendable because if we had not done it, there couldn’t have been election in Anambra State and in some of the eastern parts of the country going by the way these young people were approaching issues.

What we did was to stabilise the country. We ensured that government came to its normalcy and took charge and, at the end of the day, it has become a thing of the past. The country was almost collapsing. The government was already stampeded. Anything we do is in the best interest of this country.

It is rumoured that the North wants the presidency to remain in the region after President Buhari leaves office in 2023 amid the bids by the Igbo and the Yoruba for the highest office in the land. Do you see the North retaining the presidency after eight straight years of the northern rule?

If we are practicing democracy, everybody has the right to contest. Things are no longer the way it used to be where some people will just sit down and begin to share the country as if they are sharing a cake and that is why you hardly get the best out of all this sharing arrangement and whatever. We are running a constitutional democracy and people who are competent should come forward and contest no matter where they come from.

The truth of the matter is that everybody has interest and, for us in the northern part of the country, the issue of rotational presidency has been jettisoned since 2011. In fact, I was the first to say we cannot cede power to the South going by party arrangement. The Constitution is supreme. Come forward with your best eleven and we do the same thing too. Democracy is about number. If you have the required number and support, so be it but we will definitely come with our best. We will no longer sit down and fold our arms with this situation where nothing has been achieved under this administration and say all is well and let us cede power to the South-East when we know that while our own was in government the whole thing favours South-West and some other parts of the south.

The North has nothing to show for it and the only thing we see is insecurity. On daily basis we have people dying in their hundreds. How many are we in number? If this continues in the next one or two years, you will have nobody to govern again because nobody will even be alive again. Look at the rate of poverty in the North, the insurgency, the kidnapping, everything the way it is?

In specific terms, are you suggesting that the South-East should produce the President in 2023 or the South-West or the North should continue?

The North will continue and that is our position. We will come up with our candidate and we will lobby the South-East, the South-South and the South-West. We will ensure that we have the required number to succeed. If we are talking about equity, former President Jonathan shouldn’t have contested in 2011.

If we are talking about equity and justice, we couldn’t have had former President Obasanjo who had eight years of uninterrupted tenure and subsequently there was an election in 2007 that brought the late President Yar’ Adua, and he was only in power for just one year and some months and he fell sick, and then there was an acting President who later became President and had almost two years and a half in power. And, subsequently, there was an election in 2011, and there was an advocacy because some of us saw this coming and we said, ‘look, they should have allowed a northerner going by the party arrangement at that time to still cede power to the North’ but people said blindly that the Constitution is supreme, Jonathan can contest and he did.

With the power of incumbency, he had his way and came back in 2011. Where is this justice? If you put Obasanjo’s eight years and Jonathan’s almost six years and a half together, it is close to 15 years in favour of the South. We only had our own Buhari who just came for four years and another four years now. If you put Yar’ Adua’s one year and few months together with Buhari’s eight years, we have less than 10 years in power. Where is justice and equity? Where is fairness in the whole of this?

And as a country, if we truly believe in the spirit of oneness, what is wrong in bringing an understanding that, “since Jonathan allowed this to happen, let us cede power to the North without even contesting it in the spirit of fairness and equity, let them have at least a shot after 2023 so that things can be a bit stabilized?” Then any other government that comes after 2023, they can complement the efforts of the previous government that would likely put a template so that at least we can reduce this issue of unemployment in the country, we can reduce this issue of daily threats to our lives in terms of banditry, kidnapping and so on.

Going by this same principle of equity, justice and fairness, the South-East would be crying for having not been given a chance at the presidency at all. What would you say of the South-East in this whole arrangement?

The South-East is not prepared for presidency. If they are prepared, they couldn’t have allowed one of their loose sons to be going about threatening the unity of this country. You cannot ask for two things at the same time. If you truly want people to trust you and allow your own to do it, then you could not have allowed somebody to go about threatening the peace of this country, calling for the disintegration of this country and they are watching.

You cannot continue to be threatening the unity of this country because time has come that you cannot threaten people because you want power, you need to lobby. You cannot look us in the face and abuse the sensibility of all Nigerians and undermine the government and now say because they are scared of you; this is primitive, who is afraid of you?

Some person will really think that the group of persons you are referring to is actually calling for justice, equity and fairness in the political governance of the country instead of calling for secession. How about that because when you have a section or region that is allegedly left out in the scheme of things, not made to be part of a system at the centre or the Federal Government except what is statutory like the ministers or so, they have a right to agitate? How do you situate that?

Their approach is wrong. If you are seeking for attention; you demand for equity and justice and not threaten the entire country, it is not a good approach and if that is what the South-East is thinking, it is a wrong approach. They should call their own to order and see the way they can also participate politically without threatening the unity of this country then they can get the presidency on a platter of gold. But when it comes to threat, Nigeria has overcome that; those are primitive ideas that don’t work anymore. The South-East should have a rethink and change their method. They should re-strategize and work with the Federal Government, work with Nigerians and let us build the country together and that is how it is done anywhere.

Earlier you talked about the need for the country to restructure and the South-East has been in the vanguard of this idea too; do you support it?

I support restructuring strongly because the centre cannot hold anymore; because we cannot continue to sit down, the government is run at the centre where people only sit down, the state governors are not productive, they cannot initiate something and begin to harness their resources within their states, they only look at the centre to produce money for them and allocate. Within them they cannot generate their IGR and make good use of it and probably if we run a government that is decentralized, maybe there will be a constitutional amendment that will allow states or regions to begin to pay tax to the Federal Government and then they will begin to harness their resources without waiting for federal allocation.

When that happens, they will do better and competition will be high because everybody will tap the resources within his state to ensure that they do something and create an avenue for more employment for the teeming youths that are sitting idle. This was done in the 60s and we saw the impact. I am an advocate for restructuring and let us do it in such a way that the regions or states will have more powers and they will do their thing their own way and then pay tax to the Federal Government. It will reduce insecurity; it will reduce this issue that makes governors appear as if they are so lazy they cannot harness their resources.

Have you ever thought of this unending recovery of Abacha loot? Humorously, Nigerians are now saying that Abacha is one ancestor that keeps giving Nigerian money from the land of the dead.

The only reason you are hearing about Abacha loot is because he is not alive. As I speak with you, I don’t understand this Abacha loot. Often times, it keeps coming up and you don’t get to see the funds and what it is used for or what is it all about. I think, to an extent, Nigerians should begin to see it as another means of just collecting money from somewhere, they bring it in, maybe some people looted money and, at the end of the day, put Abacha name to it and just bring it in to share. That is what they do, that is how I am looking at it. Just recently, the former chief security officer to Abacha made a statement and he challenged people.

Even Buhari, the head of government, came out openly a few years ago to say that there is nothing like Abacha loot and I am wondering that, till date after he made that statement, he has not come out openly to maintain that truly this is not Abacha issue because I do not understand that Abacha had a good relationship with America at that time to keep the money they are talking about there.

Abacha’s then chief security officer, Mustapha, came out openly to say throughout the four years and few months tenure of Abacha, he never visited America; so who took the money there or did the money fly from Nigeria’s central bank to the account there?

The National Assembly came very hard on the Service Chiefs and Nigerians too cried and said “please let them go”. Apparently, there is pressure on the President to remove them. How do you look at that, should they go or continue in office?

They are long overdue to leave. They should go in the spirit of justice to their colleagues and I don’t understand why government believes that nobody can do better than those ones there, it is wrong. This thing has a side effect because you cannot undermine the Constitution, the constitutional provision has been crossed already; we need a fresh idea to come into the system to begin to think of what to do better. They are long overdue to go, they have nothing again to offer to this country as it is today.

You cannot overuse something and you expect that thing to be more productive, so for me they have done their best, nobody is saying they have not tried, they have done their best but, also, courtesy, tradition and Constitution demand that they allow for other people to come.

Government as a whole is a barrack; everyone has a quota to contribute. If they are done with their cake, they cannot have it again and continue to eat it over and over. I don’t just understand why government still pretends to know that all is not well; you have vibrant young officers who will do better, whatever those ones have, there are people who have it every day in the Nigerian army and the Nigerian armed forces.

How do you look at this outcry from some Nigerians that heads of security agencies are from the North? There is this lopsidedness that makes other regions of the country feel sidelined.

This is not even the first time. It has happened under previous regimes. Those are issues that the Constitution does not say you must reflect national character in; after all you have the navy chief and chief of defence staff who are not from the North.

And you have other security agencies that are headed by southerners. Even during Jonathan’s regime, we saw what happened, even during Obasanjo’s regime. Where somebody comes from does not really count, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces has the prerogative to say this is who he wants to work with, it is not a constitutional matter, it is clearly discretional to do what he wants. He needs people he trusts and he believes are competent around him.

The US recently placed visa ban on Nigeria. Is that something to worry about?

That points to the fact that even the developed nations are not happy with the way Nigeria is being run, that things are not okay, that probably the security issue is a major threat and we fail to realize that there is the need for us to look at it and be more serious and declare a state of emergency.

60 years after Nigeria’s independence and 50 years after civil war, there are still deafening agitations. Do you do you think Nigeria will break up?

It is not good for anyone to break the country in my opinion and I also think that IPoB or whoever is clamouring for secession should have a rethink because we will all pay for it.

Yes, it is true that certain things went wrong; yes it is true that all of us are not happy but is it also ideal for us to think of disintegrating the country? The answer is no. Is it possible for us to go our own separate ways? No. The South-East, ordinarily, nobody will say it is pretending because we know that certain things are not right but also they should be mindful of the fact that something happened that brought about what we are going through today.

Nobody is happy with the situation in the country but you cannot also ask for two things at the same time. You are saying you want to break the country because certain thing are not right forgetting that certain things happen some 50-something years ago and these things are still fresh in the minds of Nigerians.

Now you think it is a thing that should be put behind immediately. And instead of you to change your approach, you want people to secede just because you are just somewhere in your small corner, with your small view, small thinking, small idea, little mindset and you think you can do that to overcome the entire country? What is the number of those clamouring for all of these things? And, if truly they are more in number, let us go to a referendum and you will find that not all of the South-East believes in this idea of secession, it is just a few individuals.

If you so think just like other Nigerians that there are quests for secession, would you also think they have genuine reasons crying against marginalization?

They are not marginalized, all they want is to have the presidency but in terms of normal sharing formulae, there is nowhere they are marginalized. Are you saying that they don’t have ministers in the government today? In fact, if you go back to previous government, ordinarily, one would have even assumed that the South-East has not been marginalized because where is Jonathan from? South-South but he is more in tune with the South-East.

And to that extent, he is more South-East than South-South. So the South-East even had their own who was there and who has done enough for them. So where are they marginalized, who marginalized them? And are we saying that in the present administration of Buhari, they have not been favoured when you have some of their sons holding key offices? If they want the number one citizen, it is a process.

Some of us who damn everything and do it right and who believe strongly that we follow our conscience and do things right, ordinarily we would be the ones even championing the cause for them, but they need to play along, they need to believe in the country, they need to work together with Nigerians so that we can build a nation that all of us can be proud of; some of these challenges happened in every developed nation today many years ago, they have overcome some of these challenges; what is so impossible for us not to overcome.

After all when something comes up, we don’t think separately outside the country, we think as Nigerians but immediately we come back home, this sentiment and madness comes to the fore and then we begin to think we are not Muslims, we are not Christians, we are not from the North, we are from the South, this cannot help the country and that is why we are still backward. We need to build the country together and it is possible we can and we will do it, let us do it.

President Buhari said 90% of Boko Haram victims are Muslims but many Nigerians wondered why he would attach religion to it, that Nigerians are Nigerians irrespective of religion or ethnicity

If you see the way the people in the South are crying about this issue of insecurity, it is as good as crying more than the bereaved. We are the direct victims of this Islamic extremism because you don’t have Boko Haram in the South and northerners are the ones paying on daily basis. So let nobody think about Islamisation because it is stupid for anybody to just sit down and think that someone or government is working on Islamising the country; you cannot even Islamise the North not to talk of the South or the entire country, it is not possible. So if somebody wants to talk something, talk something different but don’t talk about Islamisation.

Is religion and tribe tearing us apart as a people and nation?

It is not true, it is politics. No religious book comes with the message of violence. All they say is about peace advocacy. So anything outside of peace is not religion, it is another thing entirely.

If the major political parties in Nigeria come up in 2023 and they say they are bringing an Igbo man as our presidential candidate; we are zoning it to the South-East, would you lead your group to support such an Igbo man?

We would look for alternative political party; it is not only APC and PDP that are the only political parties in Nigeria. We would look for another political party and form a merger despite the fact that I understand that INEC de-registered over 70 political parties but we will still look for alternative. But I do not also think they will make that mistake because they too know the consequences of taking a position on that, they will not do it because I have said it times without number that any political party that fails to produce a northerner as their candidate is in for a doom because nobody will support that political party. Watch me. The game has just started, let them try it.

 

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