The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has laid forth a requirement for the establishment of state police as the country struggles with numerous security issues.
To stop the spread of insecurity, numerous Nigerians, governors, and civil society organisations have consistently called for the creation of state police.
The creation of a state police force to combat insecurity, according to Tinubu, can only be accomplished through a constitutional amendment, which will need the support of all relevant parties, including the National Assembly and socioeconomic organisations.
Tinubu was speaking to leaders of the northern region on Monday in Kaduna.
The APC presidential candidate promised that, if elected in 2023, his administration would prioritise state police and ensure that additional booths were placed on the ground to cope with the issues posed by banditry, terrorism, and other violent crimes plaguing the nation.
The former governor of Lagos State asserted that reducing insecurity will enable the country to reindustrialise following international best practices, hence fostering economic growth.
Tinubu said, “If you give me the mandate, my administration will give it all the attention necessary to consolidate the recent investment in our security by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Security is the foundation of resources. I am committed to mobilising all assets within our national power to secure Nigeria. We will mobilise resources to enhance the welfare of personnel and provide the right equipment and training required for them to secure us all.”
Additionally, Tinubu assured the leaders of the North that his government will continue to fight corruption while assisting current anti-corruption organizations in addressing the root causes of the problem.
As preventive measures against corruption, other measures include enhancing the transparency of current public procurement, budgetary, and whistleblower policies.
He claimed that providing credit incentives and mortgages to citizens, particularly to public employees and members of the commercial sector, would significantly lessen the threat of corruption.
Speaking about maintaining national cohesiveness and togetherness, Tinubu promised that all residents would receive equal opportunities and treatment, and that all tribes and zones would feel accepted and treated with justice.