Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, has lamented that the security agencies in the country only respond to security breaches of banditry and abduction.
Governor El-Rufai said this at a town hall meeting on security organised by the Federal Government in Kaduna on Thursday.
According to the governor, the situation where the security agencies respond to the aforementioned cases is unacceptable.
He insisted that security agencies must collaborate with the state government and the residents to fight the bandits and kidnappers because the country is at war with them.
He said: “The situation in which the security agencies mostly only react to cases of banditry and abduction is unacceptable.
“We are in a war with these terrorists who are challenging the sovereignty and monopoly of the instruments of coercion of the Nigerian state and its territory.
“Our security forces must collaborate to take the war to them, recover and restore the un-governed forests these terrorists occupy, and enable our law-abiding citizens to engage in their legitimate pursuits.”
Governor El-Rufai said the country has found itself in “near-anarchy” because there are “too many carrots without sticks”.
He also reiterated his call for the decentralisation of the security architecture, saying the Federal Government should devolve more responsibilities to the state governments.
He said: “Centralised policing in a federation is not only a contradiction in terms.
“The state governments today bear most of the burden of the running costs of the federal police anyway, so why not the sub-nationals of the state police now. So I repeat my persistent call for state police as soon as possible.
“To address the banditry prevalent in the north-west and north-central, we must implement the national livestock transformation plan already produced four years ago.”