Lagos—Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, said yesterday that the solution to the prevailing security challenges in the country can only be addressed by restructuring.
Clark, in a telephone interview with NAN, said that the centralised security architecture in the country could not avert or respond swiftly to security issues in all parts of the country.
Clark said the country must, therefore, restructure to allow for the creation of state police and other grassroots policing options, to tame the security challenges in the country.
“The security challenges the country is currently facing will be overcome if we adopt restructuring. This is because the issue of security is local and we cannot have effective security cover when everything is done from the centre.
“A major ingredient of restructuring is state police and it is when we have this and other community policing options that we can have proper security,” he said.
He added that restructuring would also promote effective governance and development, if adopted by the country.
“Restructuring will ensure that power devolves from the centre to the other federating units for effective governance. Why, for instance, would the Federal Government be involved in things like secondary education, health services and agriculture that are better handled by the states?
“The government at the centre, in an ideal federation, should only control areas such as immigration, defence and maybe prison. Restructuring will ensure that resources are freed up at the centre for the development of those local things such as agriculture, health and secondary education,” he said.