The former vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general election, Peter Obi, on Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to allow states to operate their regional security system.
The former governor of Anambra State while speaking during an interview with Channels TV said the move would help put an end to security issues in the country.
"Allow some region-like state security system to function. The government has to come out genuinely to tackle the issue of security of lives and properties by investing in them."
"I served as a governor and when I found out that we had a security issue, I decided that every community in Anambra State must have their own security outfit funded and supported by the government."
"If you go to Anambra State, every community has a pickup for security. In fact, some own two or three. A community like Nnewi owns four or five because it is critical."
Obi while sharing how Nigeria can overcome several challenges it is facing and become better, said Nigeria needs to restructure.
The former Governor noted that he is calling for restructuring because the system that has been in place over times isn't producing the needed result.
Obi when asked what should be done to prevent further loss of lives in the country reiterated his call for regional security architecture.
He explained that for the citizens to be safe, communities should have a network that will effectively guarantee their security, noting that it is the best approach.
"Just support every community, let governments of the states support every community. There is no better protection or security you can have within a community than those communities being in charge of their own security because they know the criminals."
"They know those who are foreigners in their community, so it is very easy. You can't come to my village and provide a better community than my villagers," he added.
In another development, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has said revelations about the attack on Government Girls' Secondary School, Jangebe, when over 300 students were abducted, would shock Nigerians.
Recall that gunmen had last Friday stormed GGSS Jangebe and abducted over 300 schoolgirls, while seven of the girls escaped while they were being taken into the bush.
Source: Naija News