Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has made a case for the creation of State Police, as against Community Policing, as a solution to the growing insecurity in the country.
Obasanjo, who was speaking when a delegation of the Association of Ex – Local Government Chairmen in Nigeria (ASELGON) visited him in Abeokuta, Ogun state, said the prevailing security situation in the country was beyond the scope of community policing to address, insisting that state police was a better option.
While saying that security was a collective responsibility, the former Nigerian leader commended ASELGON for its concern about the rising insecurity in the country and called on the Federal Government to be more proactive with protecting the lives and property of Nigerians.
He applauded the association for creatiing a platform where former Council Chairman could share the ideas and experiences that made their administrations thick and successful, pointing out that such an initiative should be emulated to fast track the socioeconomic development of the country.
OBJ stressed the need to strengthen the local government system and traditional institution in Nigeria, noting that their roles were key to sustainable peace and development at the grassroots, nay the state and the country at large.
The former President encouraged the former Local Governnent Chairmen to aspire for higher offices in politics, as the knowledge, experience, competence and integrity, while counted for them while in office were enough to take them to greater heights.
Obasanjo, who was presented with a letter requesting him to be a life patron of ASELGON, promised to consider the request and pledged his support for the organisation.
ASELGON’S National chairman, Hon. Albert Asipa, who led the delegation, said the visit was to seek the cooperation of the former President towards the actualization of the set objectives of the association and to felicitate with him on his 85th birth anniversary.
In her remarks, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the body, Hon. Barr. (Chief) Chinwe Monu-Olarewaju, said former Council Chairmen in the 774 Local Government Areas of the country belonged to the group, which she said could assist in driving political and socioeconomic development in the country.
She expressed concern over the worsening security situation in the country, with the attendant loss of innocent lives and adverse effect on socioeconomic activities, and called for urgent steps to stem the tide and reassure Nigerians of their ssfety.
On the delegation were the BoT Chairman, Hon. Chinwe Monu-Olarewaju (Delta State) the traditional ruler of Odogbolu, Oba (Dr) Toye Mojeed Alatise, Gbegande of Ososa, a former Chairman of Ijebu Ode local government of Ogun State,
Others present were Hon. Abayomi Tella (National Organising Secretary), Hon. Garba Fatai Adeniyi (National Auditor), Hon. Ayantoye Adekunle, Chairman, Osun State, Hon Tajudeen Oke, Chairman Oyo State, Hon. Akinwunmi Sowore Chairman Ondo State, Hon Ogidi Akindele, Ogun State Chairman, Hon Shoyemi Coker, and Hon Nicholas Akinbiola of Ondo State.
Also present were Hon. Adeniyi Fasanmi ( National Asst Fin Secretary), Hon Isikilu Makinde (Ogun State), Hon Gafar Balogun (Ogun State), Hon. Yayaya Olodeoku (Chairman, OGBC) and Hon. Tajudeen Salako (State Secretary, Ogun State).