The governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has personally reacted to the unabated killings across the country, attributing it to “a failure of leadership” of President Muhammadu Buhari. Tambuwal likened Nigeria to a killing field where “new batches of mourners” are created almost on a daily basis.
Why It Matters
Tambuwal writes that the national security architecture has collapsed. In advancing his position. the governor highlights the killings of policemen and security personnel as a disturbingly “new dimension to the reprehensible state of insecurity in the country”. He outlined three cases including the killings of three policemen and abduction of a Syrian expat in his home state of Sokoto in May, and the recent gunmen attack that left seven policemen dead in Abuja.
“Who will protect us, when even those constitutionally charged with the responsibility of protecting our lives and property have, themselves, become vulnerable targets of criminals?” Tambuwal asked.
Is This Defection Politics?
Tambuwal’s recent national security statement attacking President Buhari comes at the peak of media reports speculating that he is one of three other PDP Governors, including Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state, set to decamp from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Alluding to the disappointment of Nigerians with the APC, Tambuwal wrote: “This is not the way to go. That is not what Nigerians voted for in 2015. That is not what will build a virile, united, united, politically stable and economically prosperous African Giant.”
He wrote that the lacklustre response to the killings by the administration was unacceptable and betrayed empathy. “Every policeman or military personnel is someone’s father, mother,brother, sister,uncle, aunt or friend. The number and frequency of deaths is undermining our humanity, making us less sensitive to the gravity of the situation we are in today and also creating a new generation of Nigerians, who may get accustomed to inhuman acts as the norm,” he said.
It is not unusual to see politicians become antagonistic and critical of administrations that they helped to install at this stage. For most, it usually serves as the perfect launch pad for their eventual defection.
The Way Forward
Tambuwal called for the overhaul the country’s security architecture. This is the same position adopted by the current speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in a statement last week.
On his part, Tambuwal said the strategies currently being adopted and deployed for national security, “if any, need a comprehensive overhaul. It is not working.”
Tambuwal in a recent speech at the Lagos State House of Assembly, challenged President Buhari to replace the current crop of security service chiefs with more qualified people, with fresh ideas. He also advocated for the decentralization of the police system to allow greater control of security personnel by the state governments.
“Whether we like it or not, there is seeming justification for state police and there is seeming justification for state governments to have some measure of control on security personnel,” he said.