The Oasis Reporters
February 10, 2018
Looking at the lofty ideas the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC party has on restructuring, one finds it rather scary because of the personalities behind the campaign, given their previous stance on same issue.
This makes one to wonder what they are really up to now.
It is almost difficult to forget some of their statements back then: from “those calling for restructuring are opportunists” by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, and series of statements made by President Buhari distancing himself and his party from anything ‘restructuring’.
Now I must add here that, this whole issue of restructuring gained more prominence when the Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra, IPOB were putting pressure on the federal government as well as demands for same by the people of the South West region in Nigeria.
To me, the present case for restructuring by the APC is an after thought and a gimmick that can only be likened to a “political MMM”.
Nigerians should be wary of this. Then make right and sound decisions during elections as nothing they have presented today that is not in the 2014 Confab report, which the APC initially called, ” a waste of resources”.
Therefore, the ideas and prognosis on restructuring are all there in the shelves ready to be used when we need to. What the electorate needs do is to vote a government that will consider all these forward looking proposals for implementation, and not this present charade by the ruling APC.
As for State Police, I think to assuage people’s fear over state governors abusing it, what we need to do is to ensure that there are checks and balances in addition to control, between the operations of state policing system and the federal policing system.
Additionally, in the course of legislating and making laws for restructuring, there should be provisions to the fact that; State Houses Of Assembly should have unfettered control over their finances as well as the state police system so as to avoid interference and control with some measure of involvement of the judiciary and the general public as to who ends up becoming the State IG of Police and Sheriff at the local government levels .
This to my view, will reduce abuses to its lowest minimum by state governments.
Written by Machief Ayuba Mallo.
Mallo is from Plateau State in North Central Nigeria but writes from South Africa.