The Senate Chief Whip and a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Professor Olusola Adeyeye, has criticized the Federal Government for its failure to bring an end to the Herdsmen attacks across the country.
He expressed his displeasure when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics while reacting to the recent herdsmen attacks in Benue state and the claims of the Governor, Samuel Ortom, that those behind the killings were known people.
Adeyeye said: “Because of what you have just said that some of these people are known – I cannot verify that but if that is true, then shame on the Federal Government of Nigeria for not doing whatever it will take to have arrested this tragedy by now.
“I say this knowing fully well that I am also part of that government because my Party is in power, because I am the Chief Whip of the Senate of Nigeria and I’m praying that in the next few days, whatever it will take that this republic will summon the courage and the wisdom to put a decisive end to this nonsense”.
According to him, the recent attack brings to mind the fact that “there will never be security again in Nigeria until we have the courage to say there must be state police force.”
He stressed that the reason for such lawlessness and rise in crime, borders on the fact that states do not have an independent police.
Adeyeye, also noted that for security to be maintained in any state, the local police system must be enforced.
“Any state that does not want a state police is free not to want but any governor who is the chief security officer of his state must have the wherewithal to enforce security in his state.
“If Nigerian Federalism must work, every unit of that federalism must have the means by which they can maintain security – The Nigerian Military, the Nigerian Police, they have probably done their best, but they have failed woefully.
“We must go back to what we had at independence, any region that did not want local police may not have it but any region that wanted it could have it. We must go back to that again,” he stressed.