President Tinubu will perform – Former IGP assures Nigerians
A former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. Mike Okiro, has assured Nigerians that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will surmount banditry, kidnapping and other security challenges confronting the country.
Okiro said if President Tinubu replicates what he did in Lagos when he was governor, Nigeria will be free from all forms of insecurity in the next three years.
The former police boss said this while speaking with The Nation yesterday in Abuja.
He said: “People ask me if President Tinubu will be able to surmount the insecurity in the country. I am always emphatic with my response, which is yes. I shouted yes because as they say in Mathematics, you go from the known to the unknown.
“With what he did in Lagos, he can do it again. The biggest problem facing Nigeria now is insecurity and the biggest problem Lagos faced when he came as a governor in May 1999 was insecurity. He was able to sanitise Lagos, and I am sure, by the grace of God, as human calculations can permit, he will be able to sanitise Nigeria too.”
Recalling some of the experiences he had with President Tinubu when he was governor in Lagos, Okiro said: “There were so many things that the (then) governor and I set in motion that were copied by so many other states and commands in Nigeria.
“In Lagos, the police had no manpower and arms. We could not deploy soldiers. I went to Tinubu to complain that we could not be going back and forth any time there was an operation: ‘give a standing order’.
“So, he wrote the Chief of Army Staff and a standing order to the Brigade in Lagos was given for the soldiers to join the police for Joint Anti-Crime Patrol. That helped us to curtail crimes in Lagos.
“At a point too, he wanted to give me money to buy fuel because he bought patrol vehicles for us. But I told him I did not want money. I told him to instead create a petrol station where policemen could go and collect fuel rather than give me or my men cash. And he accepted.
“He opened a dump at Alausa. So, every morning, each police patrol vehicle would go and collect 40 litres. That way, if there was a crime somewhere and the police were called, they could not say they had no fuel; hence, they had no excuse not to go. If not for him, I am not sure I would have functioned well in Lagos.
“President Tinubu is an experienced politicians and also experienced in his fight against insecurity from what he did in Lagos. He set up a trust fund in Lagos that other governors followed.
“I can say without fear that Lagos, with all its complexity, is among the cities with the highest population and economic activities. Yet, Lagos has the lowest crime rate in Nigeria, all by the work set in place by him in Lagos.”
“Now that he is the President, I believe he will replicate what he did in Lagos in the entire country. If he does what he did with regard to the security architecture in Lagos, give him two to three years and insecurity will be a thing of the past in Nigeria.”