Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State and head of the Southern Governors Forum, has praised the Northern Governors Forum and Northern Traditional Rulers Council for their request for the rapid creation of state police to solve the nation’s ongoing security issues.
The decisiona to support the call for constitutional amendment to reflect the current realities, according to Akeredolu, who has long called for the creation of state police, could not have come at a better time than now, when confidence in the ability of the Federal Government to secure the country appears shaky.
He personally released a statement on Monday, September 19, that included this through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Richard Olatunde.
All patriots must salute the courage of the 19 Northern Governors and the Northern Traditional Rulers Council for their stance at this crucial moment in the country.
We, on our part at the Southern Governors Forum have continued to reiterate the fact of the incongruity inherent in an arrangement which purports to be federal, nominally, but whose observances stand at variance with the best practices espoused by climes considered advanced and progressing, amenable to nuances and adaptations which reflect and accommodate the yearnings for inclusion of the component units.
We will continue to insist on the creation of state police as the only logical and pragmatic solution to the pervasive problem of insecurity in the land.
In addition to this, we shall not fail to renew the call for the adoption of policies geared towards real devolution of powers to the federating units indeed. This is the surest path to peace and progress.