Conditions Not Yet Right For State Police In Nigeria – President Jonathan

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CONDITIONS NOT YET RIGHT FOR STATE POLICE IN NIGERIA – PRESIDENT JONATHAN
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said Tuesday in Ilorin that with the current political environment in the country, it will not be right to allow states to have their own police force.
Speaking at the North Central Zonal meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), President Jonathan said that if state police forces were introduced now, there was a great likelihood that that they will be misused.
"State Police may be theoretically good, but looking at our political environment, it could be abused to the detriment of the country," the President said.

He said that the consensus of members of the National Council of State is that state police should not be permitted until Nigeria's political development gets to the stage where Nigerians can be sure that it will not be misused.
"The consensus is that we should get to the point where we will be sure that whoever is in power will not turn it against the people. The first step is for us to have confidence in elections conducted at the state and local government levels," President Jonathan said.

The President also told the gathering that consultations on the deregulation of the downstream sector of Nigeria's petroleum industry were ongoing.
He said that state governors were expected to organise town hall meetings to explain the rationale for government's stance on fuel subsidies to their people.
"Deregulation is not just about removal of subsidy but also about how we can stimulate the economy to create jobs for our teeming unemployed young men and women.
"Government is not unmindful of the hardship faced by the average Nigerian and is doing its best to create conditions in which each and every Nigerian can lift his or herself out of the doldrums of poverty.
"We are not going to celebrate corruption but fight it by doing things properly and not creating opportunities for it to thrive. We are going to systematically fight it by setting up structures and strengthening the anti-corruption institutions," President Jonathan said.

He commended NIREC for contributing to securing the peace and progress of Nigeria through being a moderating influence amongst the adherents of all faiths.
"In your role as ambassadors of God on earth, you are expected to, and I am glad that you are actually and actively involved in guiding your faithful on the path of peace.
"We do not all have to agree with each other in every aspect of life for us to live in peace and build unity. What we simply have to agree on is the fact that Nigeria is our nation and we are all Nigerians and share a common patrimony and as such we have to practice the fundamental principle of inclusivity," the President said.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)

December 6, 2011



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Re: Conditions Not Yet Right For State Police In Nigeria - President Jonathan
Enyi posted on 12-06-2011, 13:28:03 PM
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He has a point but is the NPF not currently being abused.


The answer to your question is-YES, NPF is misused. It has become the fad, post-war for the government, nay, men and women of timber and caliber, to use NPF to deal with their opponents. In my childhood, this question was fequently asked- Is it the person that calls the police that wins the case? In those days, the police were law abiding. What do we have these days? A senator goes to his/her village with police entourage and harasses his/her political opponents. If we follow GEJ's line of thinking, then we should also not have NPF. Having said this, what is the alternative means of tackling the current insecurity? This is the big question.
Re: Conditions Not Yet Right For State Police In Nigeria - President Jonathan
Chinedu Nwobu posted on 12-06-2011, 15:35:20 PM
Rubbish. Always giving useless excuses. The sae way some people said during the Abacha regime that nigeria should not have mobile phone because it will facilitate planning of coups. More than years after the availability of mobile phones there is no coup.

State police can be created with residual powers vested in the federal government as safeguards period. This will make it impossible to be abused. With jonathans logic, nigeria will probably never have state police.
Re: Conditions Not Yet Right For State Police In Nigeria - President Jonathan
Olaitanladipo posted on 12-06-2011, 16:22:52 PM
You would never do a thing if you waited until you could it perfectly. Now is as good a time as any to start a pilot in one or two states, with safeguards against abuse by Governors and against sabotage by the Federal Government. The question should be, is it necessary? I am not sure the answer is yes.
Re: Conditions Not Yet Right For State Police In Nigeria - President Jonathan
Bamaguje posted on 12-06-2011, 17:18:28 PM
Kano already has a state Sharia police called Hisbah, that harrasses beer parlour operators, night clubs and waylays then destroy shipments of alcoholic drinks.
One of the reasons Sharia flopped in our Islamist north is the lack of state police...since Nigeria Police is supposedly secular and does not operate on Sharia.
Conditions Not Yet Right For State Police In Nigeria - President Jonathan
State House, Abuja posted on 12-06-2011, 17:47:58 PM
President Jonathan said that if state police forces were introduced now, there was a great likelihood that that they will be misused.


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[B]CONDITIONS NOT YET RIGHT FOR STATE POLICE IN NIGERIA - PRESIDENT JONATHAN[/B]
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said Tuesday in Ilorin that with the current political environment in the country, it will not be right to allow states to have their own police force.
Speaking at the North Central Zonal meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), President Jonathan said that if state police forces were introduced now, there was a great likelihood that that they will be misused.
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"State Police may be theoretically good, but looking at our political environment, it could be abused to the detriment of the country," the President said.

He said that the consensus of members of the National Council of State is that state police should not be permitted until Nigeria's political development gets to the stage where Nigerians can be sure that it will not be misused.
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"The consensus is that we should get to the point where we will be sure that whoever is in power will not turn it against the people. The first step is for us to have confidence in elections conducted at the state and local government levels," President Jonathan said.

The President also told the gathering that consultations on the deregulation of the downstream sector of Nigeria's petroleum industry were ongoing.
He said that state governors were expected to organise town hall meetings to explain the rationale for government's stance on fuel subsidies to their people.
"Deregulation is not just about removal of subsidy but also about how we can stimulate the economy to create jobs for our teeming unemployed young men and women.
"Government is not unmindful of the hardship faced by the average Nigerian and is doing its best to create conditions in which each and every Nigerian can lift his or herself out of the doldrums of poverty.
"We are not going to celebrate corruption but fight it by doing things properly and not creating opportunities for it to thrive. We are going to systematically fight it by setting up structures and strengthening the anti-corruption institutions," President Jonathan said.

He commended NIREC for contributing to securing the peace and progress of Nigeria through being a moderating influence amongst the adherents of all faiths.
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"In your role as ambassadors of God on earth, you are expected to, and I am glad that you are actually and actively involved in guiding your faithful on the path of peace.
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"We do not all have to agree with each other in every aspect of life for us to live in peace and build unity. What we simply have to agree on is the fact that Nigeria is our nation and we are all Nigerians and share a common patrimony and as such we have to practice the fundamental principle of inclusivity," the President said.
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Reuben Abati, Ph.D.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
December 6, 2011

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Re: Conditions Not Yet Right For State Police In Nigeria - President Jonathan
Anioma777 posted on 12-06-2011, 17:47:58 PM

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CONDITIONS NOT YET RIGHT FOR STATE POLICE IN NIGERIA – PRESIDENT JONATHAN



President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said Tuesday in Ilorin that with the current political environment in the country, it will not be right to allow states to have their own police force.


Speaking at the North Central Zonal meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), President Jonathan said that if state police forces were introduced now, there was a great likelihood that that they will be misused.



"State Police may be theoretically good, but looking at our political environment, it could be abused to the detriment of the country," the President said.

He said that the consensus of members of the National Council of State is that state police should not be permitted until Nigeria's political development gets to the stage where Nigerians can be sure that it will not be misused.



"The consensus is that we should get to the point where we will be sure that whoever is in power will not turn it against the people. The first step is for us to have confidence in elections conducted at the state and local government levels," President Jonathan said.

The President also told the gathering that consultations on the deregulation of the downstream sector of Nigeria's petroleum industry were ongoing.


He said that state governors were expected to organise town hall meetings to explain the rationale for government's stance on fuel subsidies to their people.


"Deregulation is not just about removal of subsidy but also about how we can stimulate the economy to create jobs for our teeming unemployed young men and women.


"Government is not unmindful of the hardship faced by the average Nigerian and is doing its best to create conditions in which each and every Nigerian can lift his or herself out of the doldrums of poverty.


"We are not going to celebrate corruption but fight it by doing things properly and not creating opportunities for it to thrive. We are going to systematically fight it by setting up structures and strengthening the anti-corruption institutions," President Jonathan said.

He commended NIREC for contributing to securing the peace and progress of Nigeria through being a moderating influence amongst the adherents of all faiths.



"In your role as ambassadors of God on earth, you are expected to, and I am glad that you are actually and actively involved in guiding your faithful on the path of peace.



"We do not all have to agree with each other in every aspect of life for us to live in peace and build unity. What we simply have to agree on is the fact that Nigeria is our nation and we are all Nigerians and share a common patrimony and as such we have to practice the fundamental principle of inclusivity," the President said.




Reuben Abati, Ph.D.


Special Adviser to the President


(Media & Publicity)


December 6, 2011



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Re: Conditions Not Yet Right For State Police In Nigeria - President Jonathan
Anioma777 posted on 12-06-2011, 20:15:07 PM
This reminds me of the call to break up Nigeria is there any PRACTICAL SAFEGUARDS that State run Police will not abuse their powers aided by the governor. We have seen state governors bulldoze their way through traffic with scant regard for human life, Ex-Gov Ohakim immediately springs to mind when him and his over zealous aides acted shamefully in Lagos. I think this will open up an old can or worms.

The thought of state Police has crossed my mind let us see what happens.
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