Ohaneze applauds Tinubu over state police

Ohaneze Ndigbo Friday said the establishment of state policing by President Bola Tinubu is an answered prayer to Nigerian especially the southeast zone.

This was as the apex Igbo social cultural group commended President Tinubu for upholding one of the resolutions of the 2014 Constitutional Conference by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Ohaneze in a statement by its Secretary General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said that the decision of the federal government on state policing reflects a realization that security is a local matter.

The statement reads, “In light of the worsening security situation across the country, OHANAEZE NDIGBO commends the Federal Government and State Governors for taking a courageous step in the right direction.

“We believe that this decision reflects a realization that security is a local matter, and community policing is the indispensable ingredient needed to combat insecurity, especially in the Southeast region.

“Ohaneze Ndigbo acknowledges that the implementation of the State Police aligns with one of the key recommendations of the 2014 Constitutional Conference reports, which the previous administration under President Buhari failed to act upon due to apprehensions.

“We commend President Tinubu for indirectly steering the implementation of this vital recommendation. This momentous decision brings an end to the era of fear concerning the deployment of Igbo and Christian personnel to Boko Haram-controlled areas.

“In the past, Igbo youth perceived police recruitment exercises as potential death sentences, fearing they would be posted to Northern regions grappling with Boko Haram terrorists and banditry.

“However, with the introduction of State Police and community policing, a new ray of hope emerges.

“The creation of State Police and the embrace of community policing presents remarkable avenues for job creation, specifically addressing the massive youth unemployment crisis.

“The deployment of personnel within their respective localities ensures that every employed individual serves their community with unwavering dedication.

“Consequently, with the President’s recent pronouncement on increased police recruitment, Igbo youths will wholeheartedly seize this opportunity, unburdened by the fear of deployment to the North.

Isiguzoro however, insisted that they firmly believes that the establishment of State Police is the long-awaited answer to our prayers, a crucial step towards resolving the pervasive security challenges plaguing our nation”.