True federalism must start with state police – Gov Abubakar

February 14th, 2018

By Chesa Chesa

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has defended the amendment of the Nigerian Constitution to make way for state police, saying that it was the surest way to restructuring of the polity to attain true federalism.

He spoke in Abuja after the launch of a compendium on President Muhammadu Buhari’s public service records, reflections and legacies, at an event organised by the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Nigeria Television Authority.

In an interview with State House correspondents, the governor bared his mind on why state police should be an integral part of returning Nigeria to true federalism; with an assurance that the governors would not abuse the law.

According to him, “The nation is a federation. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for a federal system and in federal system, the federating units are all independent in their own sphere of influence.

“We copied the Constitution from the American Constitution and if you go to America you discover that there is County Police, there is State Police and then Federal Police.

“If we are going to engender true federalism; that is probably the beginning,” he said.

On the fear that the state governors would abuse state police, which has been proposed as part of measures on restructuring the nation’s polity, Abubakar said “I do not think so!

“There will always be fears but we should not think in terms of individuals in Nigeria, that is our bane. We should think in terms of developing institutions. When we develop institutions and the plain truth, they take care of the indiscretions of individuals.”

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