The former Governor of Anambra State and the 2019 vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, has said the Federal Government should give a chance for the regional security system’s operation.
Obi stated this in an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight on Monday.
He said if this is done, it will avert the numerous security challenges facing the country.
“Allow some region-like state security system to function. The government has to come out genuinely to tackle the issue of security of lives and properties by investing in them,” he said.
“I served as a governor, and when I found out that we had a security issue, I decided that every community in Anambra State must have their own security outfit funded and supported by the government.
“If you go to Anambra State, every community has a pickup for security. In fact, some own two or three. A community like Nnewi owns four or five because it is critical.”
Obi noted that restructuring would help Nigeria surmount the numerous challenges and become better.
He emphasized that the need for restructuring is necessary because it appears the systems operating over time are not producing the needed result.
The former Governor further emphasized that the nation can prevent further loss of lives through regional security architecture.
He explained that communities should have a network that will virtually guarantee their security for the citizens to be safe, noting that it is the best approach.
“Support every community, let governments of the states support every community. There is no better protection or security you can have within an organization than those communities being in charge of their security because they know the criminals.
“They know those who are foreigners in their community, so it is very easy. You can’t come to my village and provide a better community than my villagers,” Obi added.