The Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sen Ajibola Basiru on Friday said northern lawmakers in the Senate are disposed to having a de-centralised security system in the country.
He said the concern arose from the interest of the lawmakers to ensure that such a system will engender the safety of citizens in the respective federating unit.
Bashiru noted that the lawmakers said the idea would be a good one if a middle ground is reached while the concerned Senators lobby their colleagues for their support.
He said this on a national television programme monitored by our correspondent.
He said: “I also know that some of the colleagues in the North are who I have the discussion with have actually expressed about the need to decentralized Nigeria security architecture.
“Coming from the experience of the North is that we should come up with an idea that is of a middle ground to it.
“As a politician, I would rather keep my gunpowder for issues that can be resolved by consensus and colleagues.”
It would be recalled that the issue of state police is one of the thematic areas of the constitution review committee for which it has received memoranda for action.
(Cambridge University Press, January, 2021) By Professor Damilola S. Olawuyi, SAN, FCIArb, Professor of Law and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti
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