Southwest, South-South Govs Send Urgent Message to Buhari, Say Nigeria's Security Architecture No Longer Works

Southwest, South-South Govs Send Urgent Message to Buhari, Say Nigeria's Security Architecture No Longer Works

- Nigerian governors have spoken up on the current security challenges in nearly all parts of the country

- The chairmen of southwest and south-south governors' forums, Akeredolu and Okowa, said the nation's security architecture is no longer effective

- Akeredolu said having just one command in Abuja overseeing the security of the whole nation can no longer work

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday, April 28, says the present security architecture can neither guarantee effective policing nor address the challenges confronting the country.

Akeredolu who is the chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum said having a single command in Abuja to oversee the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory cannot effectively tackle the security challenges.

Southwest, South-South Governors Send Message to Buhari, Say Nigeria's Security Architecture No Longer Works
Southwest, south-south governors say Nigeria's security architecture is no longer effective. Photo credit: @IAOkowa, @RotimiAkeredolu
Source: Twitter

Vanguard reports the Ondo state governor spoke during a virtual panel discussion on the #EndSARS protest that occurred in October 2020.

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Akeredolu who allegedly spoke on behalf of the southwest governors said:

“We can’t continue to have a single command in Abuja to oversee millions of people in the 36 states and Abuja, the FCT. In a multi-ethnic society like Nigeria, it won’t solve our problem.
“The present architecture of the country’s security system cannot guarantee security. A situation where the policing of Nigeria is coordinated from a single centre in Abuja does not augur well for the country."

Present security architecture can’t help - Okowa

The governor of Delta state and chairman of South-South Governors Forum, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, also re-echoed Akeredolu's stance.

Okowa who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, said there is a need to rejig the security architecture.

He advised President Buhari to declare a State of Emergency on insecurity and seek foreign help.

His words:

“Even Boko Haram alone is overwhelming the military and other security agencies and added to this now is the problem posed by banditry, herdsmen, with IPOB and all of that.

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"It is obvious that the security architecture, the way it is, cannot just survive in tackling the issue of insecurity."

Okowa also called on Nigerians to pray for the country and support all the efforts of the

Things are getting worse - APC lawmaker

Meanwhile, the chairman, House of Representatives committee on the army, Honourable Abdulrazak Namdas, has also lamented the deteriorating state of insecurity in the country.

According to the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker from Adamawa state, things are getting worse.

Namdas stated that there is inadequate personnel of the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Police Force, and other security agencies to tackle the crisis in the country.


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