Obasanjo advocates the autonomy of local communities

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said the establishment of the State Police is more than important at this stage given the growing insecurity in Nigeria, adding that the State Police would be a better option than the Police Force. proximity.

Obasanjo made the statement when the leadership of the National Association of Former Presidents of Local Governments of Nigeria paid him a courtesy call in Abeokuta on Wednesday.

A statement from his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, said the visit was led by Pioneer National President, Albert Asipa; Ogun State Chapter President, Shoyemi Coker, Chinwe Monu-Olarewaju (Delta State) (BOT President) and Odogbolu Traditional Ruler, Oba Toye Mojeed Alatise, Gbegande of Ososa, Former President of the Ijebu Ode Local Government Area in Ogun State among others.

Obasanjo, who hailed the initiative behind the formation of the body, said the development clearly showed that some local presidents in the country were better than even top elected leaders.

The former president, while responding to one of the speakers, Chinwe Monu-Olarewaju’s presentation on the establishment of community policing, noted that it was high time for the Nigerian government to stem the tide of insecurity to resolve multi-faceted crises such as terrorism, kidnappings, armed robbery, banditry. , sectarianism, among other crimes.

He said, “Our situation in Nigeria concerns everyone, especially the case of terrorism. The case went beyond the issue of community policing. It is now the state police. It is from this state police that we can now speak of community policing.

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He also spoke of the need to strengthen the traditional system and the administration of local government, “which I prepared during the popular administration of Murtala/Obasanjo, because I believe that it is necessary to allow at this level of government to truly function as local government, they have their own executive, judiciary and legislature.

“They were working and they were very visible, building and managing roads, dealing with education, health, local government, agriculture, but they all left,” Obasanjo said.

He said that the experience of former presidents in local government administration was enough to aspire to higher positions, pointing out that some of them have the competence, capacity and integrity to rise to these positions.

Obasanjo, who received a letter from a lifetime patron, assured that he would consider their request, further assuring that he would be available upon request for their needs at all times.

Earlier, Ashipa explained to the ex-president why they decided to meet in the country’s 774 local governments, saying, “We can also contribute to the country’s economy and political developments.

“And given your position as the father of local government in Nigeria, we need you to update our goals, hence this very important visit. And to come and say happy 85th anniversary celebrations.”