Former Nigeria’s Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has revealed how he will solve the nation’s security challenges if he is elected as President of the West African country.
Abubakar, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, said as a way to address the country’s insecurity issues, he would commercialise the special protection unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
The former Vice President, who made this comments in an interview with THISDAY, stressed that VIPs and the private sector will have to pay for the services of the 150,000 policemen guarding them.
Abubakar noted that the “money realised” will be used to recruit an “additional 150,000 policemen” which will be sent to “security hot spots, thereby creating jobs by securing the nation”.
His words: “Do you know that Leah Sharibu’s father, Nathan, is a policeman? He is a member of the Nigerian Police Force’s Special Protection Unit. Just look at how we failed him and his family as a nation. At a time when he was protecting others, nobody was protecting his daughter’s school in Dapchi. How do you think he will feel?” he asked.
“My solution to the current insecurity in Nigeria is that I would commercialise the Special Protection Unit. Those 150,000 policemen will still guard VIPs and the private sector. But those VIPs and the private sector will have to pay for their services. From the money realised, we will recruit an additional 150,000 policemen and send them to security hot spots, thereby creating jobs by securing the nation.
“It is all about priorities. The other day we had an election in Ekiti state and this administration mobilised 30,000 policemen there. Then two weeks later, the government proudly announced that they were sending a 1,000-strong force to tackle the scourge of banditry in Zamfara state. Under an Atiku presidency, this will not happen. Securing the lives of Nigerians would have priority over securing votes for my party”, he added.