The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, during an interview on Sunrise Daily on Monday, decried the general security situation in the country, including the challenges of Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, and cultism among others.
However, he noted that the south-eastern part of Nigeria is still better secured than any other regions in the country.
While speaking on the Channels TV owned program, the governor noted that the south-east has relatively recorded the lowest incidence of security challenges compared to other regions in the country.
He said, “I tell you that relatively in the whole country, South East is still better secured than any other region, and I give kudos to our governors who work day and night to ensure that this happens."
Umahi, who is also the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, explained that governors in the south-east region were being careful with the issue of state police in order not to be misunderstood. He also noted that the governors were doing quite a lot but some people, including the Ohanaeze, still find it difficult to understand them.
Meanwhile, he asked the lawmakers especially, those in the Senate and House of Representatives chambers of the National Assembly and other legislative houses to put the interest of the people ahead of personal interests.
Umahi challenged the lawmakers to take advantage of the process to review the nation’s Constitution and push for state police. He stressed that it will give confidence to the people because insecurity in various communities is peculiar to those communities.
He insisted that state police was the way to go, although it has its own problems. The governor said, “I have not seen any governor that comes to speak about state police, every solution creates its own problems."
He also added that “You cannot totally say that state police is going to be the answer to all our insecurity, it has its own problems, but I think that is what our people need.”