By Fumnanya Ojugbana
Bisi Yussuf, a lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has asked the National Assembly to empower President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the nation’s security.
Yussuf, representing Alimosho Constituency 1 in the Assembly, while speaking with journalists in Lagos on Monday, against the backdrop of attacks, such as kidnapping and threat to security in some parts of the country, noted that security was a fundamental issue that should not be treated with levity.
The lawmaker, who said that security goes beyond politicking, added that it should be an issue that should be tackled seriously.
He then appealed to the National Assembly to give the President the power of emergency to tackle insecurity and appoint experts security.
“The President should ensure that whoever is behind insecurity must be dealt with without any special treatment.
“Beyond that, what I have seen is that people have introduced politics into it. We should look beyond herdsmen and Book Haram.
“At Ife-Ibadan Road and other places where Yorubas are predominant, how will you say Fulanis are coming from Sokoto to terrorise them there.
“There are certain people that are being sponsored and disguise like Fulanis. “Whenever people are arrested, you would see that they have no trademark of Fulanis.
“When they are apprehended, you would see that they are not Fulanis. So, State Police, and local government police are very important.
“Vigilantes groups should be empowered and monitored to tackle insecurity.
“When there is no security, then the government is not in existence and there can never be any peace or progress. When there is insecurity in the country, there are powerful barons behind it,” he said.
Yussuf said further the President needed to consult the National Assembly on some issues and that this might be foot dragging.
He gave example of the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria, when he said the government gave power of emergency to the Ministry of Health to tackle the issue.
He stated that this was the first time Ebola would enter a country and it would not claim more than four lives, and that it was tackled in Lagos State because of the proactiveness of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
On the insinuation that President Buhari could not tackle insecurity, the lawmaker stated that the president is a security man per excellence, who had been involved in security all his life.
“We are the ones to tackle the issue of security. It involves you and I. These people are not masquerades, they are not spirits, they come out from some houses.
“The whole people in the country must be involved in this.
“There is nothing wrong with state police, it would give you an effective monitoring of what is happening.
“We are just making a mountain of a mole hill. Look at the Lagos State Neighborhood Watch that we established, if you know the level of monitoring, surveillance, information gathering and intelligence network they are doing you will marvel.
“You cannot bring somebody from Zamfara State and you think he would operate effectively in Ayobo. So, we must introduce state police, it is very important and our security men must be subjected to more trainings,” he said.
The lawmaker disagreed with the notion that state governors would use state police to victimise their opponents, asking why the Federal Government had not used the federal police to victimise the people in the states.