From MOLLY KILETE. Abuja.
Former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Mohammed Gambo-Jimeta, yesterday reviewed the state of the nation, lamenting that the government must do more for the security forces. Gambo, who was also National Security Adviser (NSA), said Nigeria needs a strong defence system and increase budget allocations to improve the standard of living.
He said: “Let’s for God’s sake put our priority right, build a robust defence system, build a robust internal security system. Then, we could have the pleasure to look at other things that the public through their own goodwill will say yes, you are doing your best and they will come and compliment whatever you want”. Gambo, who spoke at the opening of a national summit on security challenges, organized by the Nigerian Police in conjunction with Vanguard Newspapers in Abuja, also warned Nigerians who run their tongues and talk irresponsibly at the slightest provocation to stop the habit as their comment was injurious to the happiness of ordinary Nigerian.
He attributed the current security situation in the country where some armed religious groups have taken to bombing and killing of innocent Nigerians as a result of what he described as “self-inflicted situation by leaders and other stakeholders, who do not understand that if one Nigerian has a feeling of insecurity and he is afraid to go about freely and enjoy his God-given right that a state is supposed to give to him, that is what s weakening the well-being of the state”. He said: “Our current security situation is self-inflicted arising from not only in the situation in the Nigeria, but almost in all developing countries.
You cannot have a state and fail to produce for the institutions of the state that are supposed to support the wellbeing of these states and therefore, its citizenry. Nothing should be taken for granted”. The former IGP said. He attributed the emergence of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram as a result of bad governance where people find it difficult to feed, while the police and the military who are supposed to curtail the activities of this group still need more modern weapons to tackle the menace. Rather than equip the police and the military to fight the menace, he alleged that government was busy spending billions of Naira on projects that would not better the lot of the average Nigerian.
On the speculation that Boko Haram was created to torment the government of President Goodluck Jonathan, because he is a Christain, Gambo-Jimeta dismissed the rumour, saying if it were true, then some other groups would have risen up in the past to torment the regimes of both Generals Yakubu Gowon and Olusegun Obasanjo, who are Christians, but ruled this great country successfully without such problems.
In his address, IGP Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, while noting that the nation had witnessed security challenges, however, promised that the police under his leadership will continue to provide a safe and secured environment for the citizentry. He said, “providing a free society where all those living in the country can conduct their lawful businesses without let or hinderance is the present police management dream for the country”.
Also speaking, President Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (rtd), said his administration in its determination to reorganize the police for better performance, has improved on training and retraining, sophistication of weaponry and equipment as well as improved on the welfare of officers and men. President Jonathan also said henceforth, higher standard would be maintained in both recruitment and promotion of personnel.
He listed some of his reforms in the police force to include training and capacity building, modernization of police institutions and converting the Police College at Wudil, Kano, to a degree-awarding institution like the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and the entrenchment of discipline in the police, among other several achievements. In his address, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed, said, his administration will set up a trust fund to meet the security needs of residents.