By Abba Gwale
Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has said that he and his colleagues (governors) are frustrated by the current security situation in the country. He claims that they are called chief security officers in their states, but they are not in control of the coercive instruments of states.
El-Rufai revealed this during an interview with Channels Television in the program “Politics Today”. The governor also said they are helpless in their state, because ENDSARS protest showed the lack of control of governors over the police and army. Hence, he is not dissatisfied with the roles of the state governors as provided in the Nigerian Constitution.
The governor who is currently in Dubai for official visit, complained that sometimes you ask the commissioner of police to do something but he has to clear with the Inspector General of Police, adding that he doesn’t determine who should be posted to his state and even if he gives the directive the IG may decide to flout the directive.
When quizzed on where they are heading to as a state governors, El-Rufai said that they had made a representation to the president and vice president on one of the most important steps, which is the need of police council to be meeting regularly.
He also said there is need to look at the distribution of the armed forces across the country and target them at areas of greatest need, because in the North-west and North-east there are banditry and Boko Haram Insurgency. Thus, there is need to sustain and coordinate bombing and gun operation to wipe out the bandits and remnants of Boko Haram, which can be done with political will.