The presidential candidate of the People’s Trust, Mr Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has promised to tackle the insecurity being witnessed in some parts of the country with the establishment of national guard and state police.
Olawepo-Hashim said this in an interview with journalists on Sunday in Abuja.
While berating the present administration for failing in its responsibilty to ensure a safe country for all, the candidate promised to overhaul the nation’s security architecture if elected.
He said government should stop the approach that security was all about huge budgetary allocation.
He said security was about putting in place the right structure and strategy.
He said, “As it is, the nation’s armed forces are over-stressed and distracted by deployments for internal security operations.
“I think it is time for Nigeria to have a national guard. I am going to put up a national guard as a President of Nigeria.My reasons and justifications are self-evident.
“Our internal security questions have graduated to the level of insurrection. We are now having well trained militias perhaps having more training than the police but probably, you may not need full scale military action to handle them.
“That is what a national guard job is; an intermediate force between the regular armed forces and the police.
“Nigeria needs a well-trained intermediate force that is going to act between the Army and the police, which is the national guard.
“We don’t need to expose the regular Army trained mainly in the art of war. The military is meant to focus on defending the territorial integrity of the nation.
“The national guard is for deployment to prevent or quell internal conflict and eruptions beyond the capacity of the police service.
“The idea of deploying military for internal security assignment is an abnomality which I will correct as a president.”
Olawepo-Hashim said under his watch, there would be security of lives and property.
He also promised to institutionalise community policing and state police through relevant legislative amendments of the subsisting police laws and the constitution.
He added, “We are going to sponsor an executive bill to amend the constitution to make for the establishment of state police.
“I will address fears of those opposed to state police by getting the executive bill to confer on the federal police the mandate to protect fundamental human rights of Nigerians.”