By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA—THE Association of South East Town Unions, ASETU, has called for the introduction of state police in Nigeria to check the rising cases of insecurity and killings in the country.
In an interview with Vanguard in Aba, National President of the association, Chief Emeka Diwe, said Nigeria is passing through perilous times and requires drastic steps to steer it away from disaster.
He explained that the country has gone full circle in pretending about some of the basic questions confronting it which touch on her survival, unity and progress and should consider state policing.
Diwe who condoled with the families of the victims of the recent attacks by herdsmen in Ebonyi State, lamented that lives are being lost daily in Nigeria while the government pretends that all is well.
While stressing that security of lives and property is the first rationale for governance, the town union leader insisted that it had become imperative to rethink the way Nigeria is structured in order to realize the core mandate of political governance.
According to him, “Unfolding events have made it expedient for us to come together and salvage Nigeria. We can’t continue to live in denial while our nation keeps drifting towards the edge of a precipice. Lives and property are no longer safe anywhere in Nigeria, and this makes it inescapable to tinker with our federal arrangement, to normalize it, to make it functional.
“Security under a typical federal system should not be an exclusive preserve of the central government. It is most importantly a local affair, given that a mastery of the terrain and prior knowledge of the people and their peculiar tendencies are key in achieving security and are things which are realizable only through indigenous security architecture.
“Policing a state like Adamawa or Ebonyi with people who know nothing about the state before being posted there will never achieve the desired results. Creation of state police is one solution which beats at the hearts of everyone and is an idea which time has come.”
He lamented that the town unions bear the greatest burden as a result of the rising insecurity in the country, adding that lives and property of the vulnerable people at the grassroots are being lost.