Former Deputy President of the Senate and Senator Representing Enugu West Senatorial District, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has reiterated his call for the decentralization of policing in the country.
Ekweremadu made the call at a security summit organized by the Agbaja Youths General Assembly in Udi, Enugu State, over the weekend.
According to him, as much as community policing is a good option, it can only work in Nigeria, when the police is decentralized, “because both community policing and decentralized policing function better working together.”
The Senator pointed out that “returning to decentralized policing will go a long way in minimizing the security challenges that we are presently facing in the country,” recalling that our security challenges escalated when decentralized policing was abolished.
In his words, “ The police should be in charge of internal policing in the country while soldiers are for external services. The practice in most countries operating a federal system of government is decentralized policing.
“Ideally, we should have a federal, state and local government police for effective policing. For checks and balances, in cases of abuse by some actors, a federal police service commission is recommended to regulate the activities of the different tiers of policing.
“Until we decentralize our policing, we will not get it right Security wise. Decentralized policing is also part of restructuring which many Nigerians have been clamoring for”.
Ekweremadu congratulated the Youths for choosing an appropriate theme for the summit, which is “ Nurturing Security Conscious and Law Abiding Youths” and urged youths in the country to be law abiding, “bearing in mind that they are very important stakeholders in security issues; a strong focal point in the architecture of any country.”
The Senator called on the youths to shun cultism, reminding them that as much as making money was good, it was equally important to make it through hard work, in a decent manner.
He also encouraged the students among them to concentrate on their studies as “they will be remembered by the the good grades they made in school not the cult group they belong to, which in any case will be of no benefit to them.”
Earlier, the guest speaker and State Police Public Relations Officer, S P, Ebele Amarizu encouraged youths to be law abiding, provide information where necessary and embrace community policing.
Buhari Trusts Women More Than Men — Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, has disclosed that his principal trusts women more than men.
The Presidential Spokesperson disclosed this while making an appearance in an NTA programme on Friday May 29. When asked if President Buhari would appoint more women in his government, Shehu said;
“This is a prayer you are making and I join you in prayer, I support you. I think he should get more women.”
“In any case, do you know that all his ministers of finance have been women.
“Let me say this, I hope I don’t get myself into trouble. He is more trusted of women than men, because he has given this country… all these years, all the country’s money is in the hands of women and they kept it safely. And they are doing well.”
Garba Shehu also revealed that the President spends time with his grandchildren during his leisure, and usually takes a walk as a form of exercise.
He added: “The president watches television, he watches wild life, he does watch NTA promptly as much as he can.
“And the president enjoys being with little ones, he has a number of grand children and he is entertained by them all the time.
“He takes a walk around the house and in a way, exercises himself.”
There are only seven women among President Buhari’s 43 ministers.
Buhari Has Done Well In Power Supply, Food Sufficiency, Security — FG
The Federal Government on Friday said President Muhammadu Buhari, has put the country on an irreversible road to development in the last one year.
It said the country had never witnessed such positive steps in a short time.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated these in Abuja at a press conference to mark the first year of Buhari’s second term in office.
He said, “The past one year has been momentous for Nigeria, as the President has taken some actions, mostly bold and highly visionary, that have now put Nigeria on an irreversible road to sustainable development.
“Never in the history of Nigeria have so many positive steps been taken in so short a time as Mr. President has done in the past one year.”
The minister listed some of the gains of the administration as power supply, food sufficiency, enhanced security, increased revenue, infrastructural development among others.
Buhari Came To ‘Steal, Kill, Destroy’ — Fani-Kayode
A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the five years of President Muhammadu Buhari as “disastrous.”
He disagreed with Special Adviser to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, whose weekly column argued the President’s emergence, saved the nation from collapse in 2015.
Fani-Kayode, on his verified twitter handle, said Buhari’s emergence has plunged the nation into deeper abyss.
Responding directly to Adesina’s tweet, the former Minister said: “Not so my friend. The emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria and plunged her into darkness, death and destruction.
“He came to steal, kill and destroy and for the last disastrous 5 years that is all he has done.”
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