By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Ongoing stand up and protests against personnel of the Nigeria Police Force is a democratic process guaranteed under a democratic government and as part of measures to ensure citizens get the right kind of government they deserved.
Former governor Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger state made the assertion on Monday when he fielded questions from Journalists at the Minna Airport.
Babangida Aliyu was at the Minna Airport to see off Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar who was in Minna on a visit to former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
Dr. Babangida Aliyu, fondly identified as the Chief Servant, posited that Nigerians need to ask for reforms in all public sectors. “We direly need reforms in all our public institutions. Every government official, paid from tax payers money needs periodic overhaul to ensure efficient service delivery to meet the taste, yearning and aspiration of citizens” Babangida Aliyu said.
He noted that though outright confrontation with the armed law enforcement agents may not be proper, it was equally improper for armed security personnel to use their tools and instruments of coercion to suppress unarmed civilian citizens on protests against injustices, dehumanization, extra judicial killings and other reprehensible acts by law enforcement agents.
Speaking on the public outbursts against police brutality and other sundry unpopular acts by law enforcement agents on especially those on sting operations, the former governor said disbanding the police tactical units was proper eve as he pressed for good reform that would bring out the police force as truly and genuinely reformed, repackaged and re friended.
He said the Nigeria Police Force need training and retraining periodically to keep them abreast with development trends especially in the ever increasing push for fundamental human rights and the respect of the right of every suspect.
The former governor argued further that citizens have the right to hold their government accountable and to ask for better service delivery from their governments as a right.
Reacting to wave of attacks on police personnel, the erstwhile governor noted however that two wrongs can never make a right.
He tasked the federal government and the police authorities to do the needful and promptly too.