President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed calls for state police in Nigeria, saying that it is not an option.
Buhari made this call during an interview with Channels TV on Wednesday, January 5.
Several Governors have called for state policing as a way to solve insecurity and banditry across the country.
While speaking in an interview with Channels TV, the President averred that there is a higher chance of state governors; abusing their powers if the police force is removed from the Federal control and handed over to states.
“State police is not an option. Find out the relationship between local government and the Governors. Are the third tier of government getting what they are supposed to get constitutionally? Are they getting it? Let the people in local government tell you the truth; the fight between local governments and the Governor,” he said.
Commenting on the security situation in the country, Buhari said traditional rulers must play a huge role in bringing peace to communities.
“The role of traditional rulers must not be undermined, because in their areas they know who is who; even by families, not to even talk of individuals. So, we have to revert to that system for us to have effective security in the localities.
“For example, there were two Governors that came to see me about problems – Oyo state and one other state – because the herders were in their forests but the animals were going into the neighbouring farms, and eating the crops; I said, as far as I know, the farmers and herders have been co-existing in Nigeria for generations. Let them go and ask the local leadership what has gone wrong; why the break in communication between the local leadership and the herders,” he said.