A pro­fes­sional, Mr Chigozie Ubani

The Punch - - POLITICS ON SUNDAY -

First of all, we have to agree that Nige­ria is mil­i­tarised, and so the po­lice should be ad­e­quately funded. But when we say fund­ing, it’s not just about throw­ing money into the force; it’s about build­ing an in­tel­li­gent, smart and sus­tain­able po­lice force. When you see the mil­i­tary all over the coun­try, it shows that the po­lice force is weak. The mil­i­tary should be in the bar­racks, and from there in­ter­vene in cer­tain chal­lenges or emer­gen­cies be­cause their duty is to pro­tect the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of the na­tion. To­day, the po­lice are seen as a weak force in

Nige­ria and that is not good for us. So, in 2020, I ex­pect the gov­ern­ment to build a stronger, in­tel­li­gent, smart po­lice. That can be done through train­ing, re­train­ing, ca­pac­ity build­ing and fund­ing. The rea­son why some of us are call­ing for a stronger po­lice is for the mil­i­tary to go back, re­train and build ca­pac­ity to pro­tect Nige­ria from ex­ter­nal ag­gres­sion. We also have to raise our in­tel­li­gence. The fact is that there are in­se­cu­rity prob­lems ev­ery­where; sev­eral other coun­tries are fac­ing them. So, how you deal with yours is de­ter­mined by the readi­ness of your mil­i­tary.

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