By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Pan Yoruba socio political organization, Afenifere on Friday, called on President Bola Tinubu to ” as a matter of urgency, decentralize the Police to tackle spate of insecurity in Nigeria.
Afenifere while making the call in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi, declared that this became necessary to enable each state and local government areas in the country have police made up largely of indigenes of the respective areas”.
The Pan Yoruba socio political organization stressed that with the
profile of Nigeria rising in the international circle with diplomatic forays by President Ahmed Bola Tinubu, there is the need to tackle the “ the ogre of insecurity and corruption that is thwarting the efforts at developing the country and enhancing the welfare of Nigerians”.
” To seriously curb insecurity, particularly kidnapping, Afenifere called on President Bola Tinubu to:
as a matter of urgency, decentralize the Police so that each state and local government areas in the country would have police made up largely of indigenes of the respective areas”, it said.
Afenifere added, ” Conscious, consistent and sincere efforts be made at dealing with youth unemployment and decaying infrastructure”.
” The removal of petroleum subsidy and decreasing value of the naira have worsened the situation. For survival, people experinencing deprivations may turn to various forms of criminality, the type we are witnessing presently” .
It stressed further, ” The federal government must equip the security agencies and motivate them more. Modern technological devices must be deployed in various parts of the country to detect, apprehend and prevent banditry and criminality”
Afenifere maintained that, “without doubt, the profile of Nigeria is rising in the international circle with diplomatic forays that President Ahmed Bola Tinubu has been making within the last few weeks”, it said.
The Pan Yoruba socio political organization noted that ” the ultimate and most recent being his participation in the G20 meeting in India, at the 78th United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York and his being the first African President to be asked to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ where he wooed investors to come to Nigeria”.
” For the potentials to become realities, “two albatrosses have to be quickly tackled. One is the ogre of insecurity that is daily ravaging the country while the second is corruption that is thwarting the efforts at developing the country and enhancing the welfare of Nigerians”.
” So much has been said (and is still being said) about corruption that we will not talk about it in this treatise today. Especially since the panacea to it has to do with complete attitudinal change by all Nigerians, irrespective of positions or status. As a way of curbing the menace of insecurity particularly kidnapping in the country,
Afenifere emphasized, ” Finally, sincere efforts must be made to reduce the cost of governance and seriously combat corruption in its various manifestations”.