The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has opined that even though the Federal Government gives all the money in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the Army and the Police, they can’t tackle insecurity in the country.
He, however, noted that the issue of insecurity in Nigeria is not about money, but wrong approach and structure.
The lawmaker stated this during his appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ekweremadu said, “We are applying the wrong solution to problems that are clearly within our reach to resolve; the issue is not funding.
“If you bring the whole money in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and give to the police, nothing will change – if you do that also with the Army, nothing will change; the problem is structure, not the funding.”
“One of the responsibilities, as I said, is the issue of protection of lives and property.”
Ekweremadu added, “In the formation of the society, government is given enormous powers to have control of instruments of cohesion and so, what has happened now is that the criminal elements have overwhelmed the government and government cannot perform that responsibility of protecting lives and property.
“The criminal elements have overwhelmed the security sector and that’s the issue. We need to do something and that’s what we are talking about by decentralizing the police.”