Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria needs state police to address the insecurity problems facing the country.
The ex-president said nation building could not be achieved in any country where safe environment and security are nor guaranteed for citizens.
Obasanjo said this in Lagos on Friday, October 29, 2021, during a lecture titled, ‘Social responsibility in nation building,’ at the 78th anniversary of Island Club.
He said, “I have said it before and I will say it again. Nigeria should have state police in all the states so that they can adequately tackle insecurity. Guaranteeing citizens a safe environment and round security is one thing a government must do.
“No nation can be built where peace, security and stability are not assured or guaranteed and with reasonable predictability of the President and the future not enthroned.”
He added that “Any government that is deaf, dumb and blind is a government that will not last. As a government, you need to listen to the people. If you fail to listen to the people, the day of reckoning will come for you and it will come soon. We can see it all around us; it has come.
“You have to realise that there is an element of hazard in life itself. What would make you not talk? Fear? There is a Yoruba proverb that says, ‘You talk, you die; you don’t talk, you’ll still die.’ Death is inevitable. As I am here, I am not afraid of death.
“It is painful what we are seeing. There are currently over four million out-of-school children in Nigeria. That is a fact. They cannot hide that. No Nigerian should bury their faces because they are scared of death. State the fact; if they want to deny it let them deny it.”
He, however, urged Nigerians to embrace and manage their diversity and work as one nation towards a common goal of one Nigeria.