Speaking on tackling the insecurity challenges confronting the nation, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, lamented the inadequate cooperation of state governors in the battle against insecurity. He accused the state governors of not providing the necessary support in tackling the menace.
The IGP made the expression on Thursday, March 18, in Abuja, during the First Quarter 2021 regular meeting between the forum of secretary to the government of the federation and secretaries to state governments (SSGs). The meeting also had in attendance the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd).
The theme of the meeting was: ‘The Role of Secretaries to the State Governments in Strengthening Sub-National Level Security Architecture.’
The IGP noted that the Federal Government has set up strategies to end the security challenges, mostly kidnapping and banditry, and the support of the state government will go along way in achieving the desired results.
According to him, Nigeria would be more peaceful if various stakeholders lend their hands in securing the nation. He canvassed the community participation through the involvement of traditional rulers in the battle against insecurity. He insisted that security should not be left entirely in the hands of security agents.
“We are not getting the maximum cooperation we are supposed to get at states’ level and we believe that the SSGs should be conscious of security in their states because when they are able to galvanise all stakeholders and different structures that are there that can enhance the security of the states, we will have relative peace in terms of insecurity – because if the SSGs are not coordinating activities within the states in these areas, I don’t think there is anybody that can do it”, he said.
The forum provided an opportunity for the top security chiefs to share their thoughts with the SSGs and highlight critical areas where the forum can provide the necessary support to tackle insecurity across the country.
Source: Thisday live.