National Leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has moved for the scrapping of two ministries – Police Affairs and Interior.
He described them as outlets used by the government to take the nation’s money. The former governor of Lagos State spoke to reporters at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, after commiserating with the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, and Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over the attack on the Emir and Monday’s suicide bombing in which scores died.
In his view, running the ministries is a duplication of the functions and a waste of public funds. According to him, Nigeria’s security challenges could possibly be due to the duplication of ministries, rendering the Inspector General of Police, M.D. Abubakar, incapacitated to take firm control of security.
He said: The financial handicap of the IGP, who is supposed to be answerable only to the Police Commission, which should be saddled with promotion and discipline, takes away his independence to steer police affairs properly without interference.
Besides, Tinubu said there are fewer policemen to man the beats. In all , there are about 600,000 policemen nationwide. Training is also inadequate and the bureaucracy is as uncomfortable, said the former governor.
“If the Inspector General is not in charge but has to go through one ministry, and the Pension Funds administered by one ministry are being stolen, why we should have such a ministry? Such funds should be channelled to the recruitment of more police officers.” According to him, this is the reason is why he supports community policing.
“Let the IGP have 100 per cent control, so that we can hold him responsible for any security lapses that arise,” Tinubu said.