…Cautions on over dependence on FG
By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The recent incursion of Fulani herdsmen in Benue which led to the massacre of scores of people, while many were left homeless, has driven home the call by the governors on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), demanding for state police.
Analysing the unfortunate incident in Benue, a foremost Political Scientist and an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics of the University of Ilorin, Gbade Ojo has said that it was ludicrous that many governors did not appreciate or fully comprehend the workings of a federal system of government, adding that at a slightest provocation, they race to the presidency for succour or blame Mr. President for their self-inflicted predicament, noting that federalism is not about hierarchy.
Ojo’s submission was a rejoinder to a piece authored by Dr. Festus Adedayo on the ‘Flickers’ column of Sunday edition of the Nigerian Tribune of January 14.
According to the don in his 8-page rejoinder titled “Re-Benue Massacre And Tragedy of Buhari’s Silence,” it was not part of the constitutional mandate of the Federal Government to run a state for the governors, adding that the president is not their boss.
“Amazingly, Mr. Ortom broke down, weeping like a baby at the sight of the mangled and mutilated corpses of his citizens. As many as 73 of them with many maimed and thousands internally displaced becoming refuge in their own abode. Ab initio he swore to protect them when he was elected as the governor of Benue State.
“It is however, funny and absurd that the man has been wiping-up sentiment against the Federal Government for the carnage. While not holding brief for the insensitivity of the presidency vis-à-vis the gruesome murder in cold blood for that matter of the victims, the role of the chief executives may need to be questioned,” he added.
Ojo then pointed out that the Benue massacre and similar others have glaringly demonstrated the fact that the position of the 1999 constitution on state governors as the chief security offers of their respective states might be a ruse after all, pointing out that a governor should be sufficiently innovative security-wise unlike a hapless Mr. Ortom, according to him.
He said the recent happening in Benue was not unconnected with the fact that progressively minded governors were calling for the establishment of state police, stressing that policing the communities in this 21st century by alternative means was not only absurd but an admittance of the failure of the conventional police establishment, citing the move by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, who recently mobilized and animated local hunters with dane guns to combat the menace of the Fulani herdsmen incursion.
The don, who is the current Chief of Staff to the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, while showing his displeasure over the killing in Benue, maintained that the development was a manifestation of the fact that the country is moving towards failure consequent upon the mismanagement of the over-centralised federal arrangement which now has the commanding height of virtually everything from the economy to security.