Security lapses and blame game in Lagos

THE Police in Enugu last Thursday narrated how an Aba, Abia State-based businessman, Sunday Onuorah Onwe, met his untimely death in Enugu.

THE Police in Enugu last Thursday narrated how an Aba, Abia State-based businessman, Sunday Onuorah Onwe, met his untimely death in Enugu.

SIR: It is a known fact that Nigeria as a country will always have security challenges in view of our political structure which centralises security, I mean, it is a Federal Government affair. Under the 1999 Constitution, no state government controls any institution of security.

However, what one finds amusing and incomprehensible is the attempt by some persons to blame state governments for security lapses in the states, when we all know vividly well that state governments don’t control security apparatus.

Recently, Chief Olu Falae was abducted in Ondo State. Abductions took place also recently in Kogi, Delta, Ekiti and some other states, which are themselves victims of criminality of one sort or the other, yet no sane mind could lay the blame at the feet of the state governments.

But one is puzzled by the attempt to blame the security lapse in Lagos State on the government and is thus forced to ask if Lagos has its own state-controlled police which would have made their criticism valid? If yes, they are on point, but if the centralisation of the security apparatus applies to Lagos too, just like other states, then the irrationality, blackmail and campaign of calumny should be noted for what it is.

Again, one is amused by criticisms of the state of our roads which we all agree is poor as though the roads became poor only in the last four months of President Muhammadu Buhari and governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s assumption into office.

It is an incontrovertible fact that in as much as we agree that the roads just like other infrastructures nationwide need urgent repairs and rehabilitation, it cannot be done in this rainy season, as it would be insensible and an economic waste to do so.

While these “critics” continue to raise their voices daily, against reason and reality which is their constitutional right to do, we owe it a duty to admonish them to realise that the Nigerian society today, is an informed one that cannot be taken in by propaganda and falsehood, hence criticisms of national issues must be objective, factual, sensible and focused.

•Nelson Ekujumi, Lagos.



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