PDP Governors Back State Policing, Restructuring, Ranching

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PDP Governors at the meeting PHOTO:Twitter/PDP

Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to take necessary steps for amendment of the Nigerian Constitution in order to devolve more powers to the States with respect to security arrangements.

The governors agreed that the Police Force still remains the appropriate institution to secure the country’s democracy.

Governors of the opposition party also backed calls for restructuring of the country and the establishment of ranches in order to put an end to the criminal activities of some Fulani herdsmen across the country.

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The governors made these known in a communique signed by the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal after a meeting held on Monday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

It read partly, “The meeting called on Mr President as the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria and Commander in Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces to immediately send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly to amend the Nigerian Constitution to devolve more powers to the States with respect to security arrangements culminating in some form of State Policing and the general security architecture.

“In the interim, Mr President should summon an immediate meeting of the Nigerian Police Council, which comprises Mr President and all State Governors and other critical stakeholders to evolve and implement strategies to combat the present threats to our union, especially with respect to policing. The meeting agreed that the Police Force still remains the appropriate institution to secure our democracy and should not be subjected to personal attacks. The welfare, training, equipment, funding of all security agencies should be given priority.

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“The meeting supports the earlier position taken by the Nigeria Governors Forum, Northern Governors Forum and recently by the Southern Governors Forum to adopt ranching as the most viable solution to the herders / farmers clashes in Nigeria; the restructuring of the Nigerian federation to devolve more powers and functions to the States; and reform of various civil institutions to achieve efficiency and equity for all sections of Nigeria.”

The governors enjoined all Nigerians to work together to achieve peace and harmony with one another, devoid of discrimination based on ethnicity, religion and other cleavages.

 

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