By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Executive governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, has identified disunity in purpose as the bane of security and other issues in Nigeria.
He made this disclosure at the South East Security Summit held recently at the Imo State Trade and Investment Centre, Owerri.
Governor Okorocha made it clear that for Nigeria to move forward “we must address our issues culturally and traditionally”.
He pointed out that criminals in Nigeria were not more than 100,000, stressing that with a population of over 180 million, the criminals cannot defeat the entire country.
The Governor, who consoled all those who lost their loved ones in several attacks, across the country especially the recent Plateau attacks also described it as very sorrowful, adding that security should not be politicized.
He advised Nigerians to speak well of our police force and other security outfits and called on the nation’s leaders to take bold step to fix the problem of insecurity.
Governor Okorocha, who recalled that herdsmen were noted for carrying sticks, stated categorically that any Fulani man carrying AK-47 gun is a killer and not a herdsman and should be treated as such.
He advised the police to adjust to its material capacity and to strive hard to prevent crime, stressing that it costs less than fighting crime.
The Governor advised the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to uphold the promotion of hardworking officers, adding that the police force should not be on quota basis but on ability basis.
The Governor also called for separation of powers and delegation of more responsibilities to make the police force more efficient.
The security summit was organized at the instance of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris.
The summit which was held under the chairmanship of Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth Secretary- General attracted eminent personalities from the South East including state governors, Traditional Rulers Council Chairmen, Police Commissioners and other stakeholders.
The chairman of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Chief John Nwodo, was also present.