Local policing’ll ensure effective security – Duke

A former Governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, has said local policing is the only way to ensure effective security in the country.

Duke made the suggestion on Friday at a public lecture organised by the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star in Calabar, Cross River state.

The theme was Servant Leadership, the Might of Meekness.

According to him, anything that is central must be localised.

“If you send someone from Edo to come and become the Commissioner of Police in Cross River and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) is from a different state, how do you expect him to understand the peculiarities of the people?

“The failure of the military administration in Nigeria was posting someone from Sokoto to be an administrator in Cross River. It will take him a long time to understand the nuances of the people of the locality,” he said.

On concept of a servant leader, Duke said there was no better example than Christ who came from on high.

He said Christ went through the humbling process of birth, growth and understanding human frailties and strengths in order to lead them back to his father.

“It is love that gives you the passion to keep going regardless of the challenges. If you are a leader whose entire outlook is for the betterment of his or her people, they will still look up to you even when you are not in the position of authority. We must demand loyalty from our leaders because they come to us, demand our votes and immediately they become leaders, they become tigers.

“Loyalty is a two-way thing; it starts from the top and comes down to the bottom and when it gets to the bottom, what you get back is reciprocity.”

In his remarks, the deputy governor-elect of Bayelsa state, Senator Degi Eremienyo, said the most effective instrumentality for change was to imbibe the spirit of servant leadership reinforced with meekness and humanity. (NAN)