Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has called on President Muhammadu Buhari administration to be open to solutions from well-meaning Nigerians on how to solve the nation’s security challenges.
In a statement by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, Atiku said he welcomed the decision by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to withdraw security personnel guarding important personalities in the country.
The former vice president noted that Nigeria has security emergency while the nation’s security forces were overstretched.
“We do not have enough military and paramilitary forces to provide security for the peace-loving people of Nigeria which is why the recent Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State kidnapping occurred. Their school was left unguarded,” Atiku observed.
He recalled that he had counselled for the reassigning of the 150,000 policemen guarding private citizens to core police duties.
Atiku further recalled that he had noted about a week ago: “If I had my way, I would have recalled all of those 150,000 policemen who are not performing core police duties and send them to provide security for every school in the North-East region. That to me would be a better use of their time and services.
“We already know that Boko Haram has an agenda to cripple Western education in Nigeria. So how could we have left those schools unguarded? Why should the police be guarding VIPs who can afford personal guards and leave vulnerable girls unguarded? We are spending billions of naira trying to encourage girls to go to school only to allow them to be abducted by terrorists.”
He, therefore, welcomed the reported new policy of reassigning these 150,000 policemen from guarding VIPs to regular police duties especially as it relates to the much-needed protection of schools in the Northeast and other troubled zones. (New Telegraph)