Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has commended the National Assembly for its decision to amend the constitution and formally provide for state police and community policing in the country as part of effort to deal with the wave of killings sweeping through the land.
Atiku, in a statement on Wednesday night by his Media Office said the lawmakers have, by their action, demonstrated courage by intervening in the country’s security crisis.
“A peculiar crisis demands a decisive action, and I am one hundred percent behind the National Assembly in their efforts to strengthen the hands of state governments in providing security to their citizens,” he said.
Atiku noted that leaving the citizens to their fate is not an option, adding that once a democratic government seems overwhelmed by security challenges, the initiative by the National Assembly should be welcomed by all Nigerians.
This comes as President Muhammadu Buhari once again dismissed calls for state police after the massacre of over 100 people in Plateau State, blaming his opponents for playing cheap politics with the tragedy.