Insecurity: Governors Are Frustrated, Almost Helpless – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, says many governors in the country are frustrated and almost helpless with the insecurity across the country.

His comment came few days after 43 rice farmers were killed in Borno State and a day after his government confirmed the killing of at least 7 persons in two Kaduna villages.

Speaking in an interview with Channels Television on Monday evening, El-Rufai lamented that governors are called chief security officers of their states only in name without any real control over their security apparatus.

According to the governor, the recent #EndSARS protest by youths against police brutality in parts of the country exposed the inability of the governors to control the police and the military.

“We [governors] are all frustrated. I am frustrated in my state, many governors are frustrated in their states; we [governors] are called chief security officers only in name, we [governors] have no control over cohesive instruments of the state,” he said.

“We [governors] are almost helpless. The #EndSARS protest clearly showed the limit to the control of governors over the police and the military.

“Some of us [governors] have more influence than others, but to a large extent, you ask the commissioner of police to do something and he has to clear with the Inspector-General of Police; this is the reality.

“We [governors] are not in control of the police, I don’t determine who gets posted to my state as CP and if I give him directives, he can decide to flout the directives. So, we [governors] are all frustrated.”

El-Rufai suggested some moves to ensure the nation get rid of its various security challenges such as insurgency, banditry, and kidnapping among others.

He advocated the decentralisation of the police force, saying it will go a long way in addressing the security problems bedevilling the nation.

The governor said state governments should be allowed to have their own police, while local governments should be allowed to have community police.

El-Rufai also called for the recruitment of more personnel into the police force.

“The number of policemen we have in Nigeria is inadequate, it is less than half of what we need and a large percentage of them are engaged in non-police duties like carrying handbags of the wives of important people,” he said.

“We need to have a greater footprint of police in Nigeria and the only way to achieve that in a fast track manner is to amend the Constitution and put policing on the concurrent list, as recommended by the APC True Federalism Committee so that we have more policemen.”

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