- Nigeria's police chief Mohammed Adamu has called on traditional rulers to help in the fight against insecurity
- Adamu said states are not giving full cooperation to the federal government in battling the security challenges
- The police chief said Nigeria will be more peaceful if various stakeholders lend their hands in securing the nation
Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has accused states of not fully cooperating with the federal government in the battle against insecurity.
Adamu made the accusation on Thursday, March 18, during a meeting of Secretaries to State Governments (SSGs) in Abuja, coordinated by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, The Nation reported.
He called for community participation in the fight against insecurity, adding that traditional rulers need to get involved.
The police chief said security should not be left entirely in the hands of security agents.
“We are not getting the maximum cooperation we are supposed to get at the state level. And we believe that the SSGs should be conscious of security in their states.
“When they are able to galvanise all the stakeholders and different structures that can enhance the security of their states, we would have relative peace in terms of insecurity.
“If SSGs are not coordinating activities within the states in these areas I don’t think there is anybody that can do it.”
In a previous report, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, accused the regimes of Generals Aguiyi Ironsi, Yakubu Gowon and Olusegun Obasanjo of laying the foundation of Nigeria's current security challenges.
The monarch who is the chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria said it was the former leaders who relegated the traditional institution to the background with no constitutional role.
According to him, all the respective levels of governments need the support of traditional rulers to maintain security as they were always at hand to douse conflict that the police and other security agencies could not contain.
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