Since the return to democracy in 1999, Nigeria has been faced with a litany of security challenges. It all began with the insurgency in the Niger Delta region and the subsequent introduction of the sharia in some northern states which led to the dislocation and displacement of some Nigerians from their places of abode and business.
Since then, the security agencies have been inundated and overwhelmed by the various crises that have rocked the country, from the Plateau crisis of 2001to the Southern Kaduna hubla. The security agencies have shown consistently that they lack the capacity and resolve to deal with the various crises.
Indeed, the annoying, distressing and reactionary attitude of our security agencies is a testimony to their lack of capacity and the need for the various states to create alternatives to assist them. After all, the various state governments have been in the forefront of the provision of both infrastructure and working tools for these so called Federal agencies.
It is, therefore, not out of place that various states and regions are clamouring for the establishment of their own security outfits to compliment and assist that of the center. As a matter of fact, there is nothing wrong in restructuring a system that has failed to improve the lot of a people.
If some states could be allowed to establish a hisbah police that can arrest and prosecute people in a special court, then there is no basis for the unnecessary noise being made about Amotekun, an agency that was floated by South Western states to help mitigate and curb insecurity in their region.
What we would have thought is for the Federal Government to put in place measures to streamline their activities in the face of the failure of their own agencies.
Whether we like it or not, the security situation in our country demands that we begin to think outside the box. We cannot continue to do the same thing and expect to get different results. It is obvious that there is a need for the restructuring of our country and the earlier we accept and fashion out how to go about it the better for us.
To be sure, the clamour for the creation of a state police by the federating units is even more poignant at this point in time. This would go a long way in curbing the activities of kidnappers, the herdsmen onslaught and the various crimes and criminality that are ever present in our society today.
The earlier we act and organize ourselves, the better for us. Prosperity would not be kind to us if we refuse to do what is expected of us. A stitch in time, they say saves nine