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Insecurity: States should have their own security outfits – Methodist Archbishop

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By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

The Archbishop of Calabar archdioceses of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Most Rev Emmanuel Udofia, has said that the current security challenges facing the country could be eradicated if states are encouraged to have their trained security arrangement with whatever nomenclature they choose.

The Clergy, who supervises the Methodist Church in Cross River and parts of Akwa Ibom states, made the remarks in Calabar during a chat with our reporter.

He described the spates of insecurity in the country as alarming, and added that a time had indeed come for the country’s political leaders to take decisive action which would save Nigeria from people who, he said, are bent on destroying the country through kidnapping, armed robbery and wanton killings.

“I perfectly subscribe to the argument that each state should have its security unit made up of its own people. Insecurity and particularly atrocities of Fulani herdsmen and other criminally minded individuals have reached an alarming level.

“The annoying thing is that the marauding herdsmen are not arrested and prosecuted. Somebody said his tribe is the owner of Nigeria but he may have forgotten that Nigeria has boundaries. It is appalling that people are now trying to use force to claim what does not belong to them.

“I like what the south western states are trying to do with the Amotekun security outfit. Each state should have its own security arrangement since, with the current security challenges; we have now realized that the federal police force does not have ability to protect the country adequately.

“The states, after establishing such security network, should register it officially with the federal government and send names of members of the outfit to the federal Police for proper training on how to carry arms. They should be given uniforms for identifications and should be monitored,” he stated.

He lamented that the fabrics which held the Nigeria nation together was gradually being unfastened and added “there is something fundamentally wrong about this security issue. The federal government should be put on its thinking cap to see what it could do to bring back the dignity of this nation. It has never been as bad as this.”

The clergyman however commended the Cross River state government for bringing calm to the state with the establishment of Operation Akpakwu security unit and noted that within the last two months, kidnapping and cult-related clashes and other criminal activities were reducing significantly.

Archbishop Udofia further called on the country leadership to restructure the country “so that every state would be challenged to bring out its best from its own environment and pay royalty to the centre.” 

He added “with restructuring all sector of the economy would come alive again. Let each federating unit manage its own affairs without antagonizing the centre.”

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