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Published On: Wed, Apr 25th, 2018

Buhari deserves 2nd term -Gov Yari

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By Ali Alkali

The Zamfara state Governor, Abdul’aziz Yari Abubakar, had said that President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term in office, considering the way he handled the depressed economy he inherited, even as he advocated for state police, arguing that the nation is ripe for it.
Yari made this known yesterday at his personal residence in Talatan Mafara, Zamfara state, while interacting with a team of journalists from Abuja led by President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Abdulwaheed Odusile.
Yari said Buhari came at a very difficult time for many states: “Many economists warned during President Jonathan that by 2015 only Lagos state would be able to pay salaries if nothing serious is done to salvage the situation. But nothing was done. When the hard time hits, many state could not pay salaries let alone do anything else. And without President Buhari’s intervention by giving bailout to Governors, the situation would have been different by now.”
Governor Yari added that apart from the bailout and Paris Club refund, President Buhari helped many Governor in mapping strategies that would help them out of the economic woods. Equally, without Buhari’s stringent economic policies, Yari said Nigeria is unlikely to have been out of recession by now.
“Even on that alone, Buhari is good to go for second term,” declared Yari.
Answering question on state police, considering the fact that Zamfara is now one of the states dealing with security challenges, Yari said “Nigeria is now ripe for state police”.
He pointed out that though many governors didn’t buy the idea in the past, the situation is different today. He said he is aware that state police is not viable to many Nigerians because of the nature of some state executives.
Driving this point home, Governor Yari said, “In 2012 to 2013, even governors accused Jang of Plateau State for not doing well in maintaining peace and using sentiments in dealing with state affairs.
“Among us governors, there were debates and arguments that if someone like Jang had state police, we have a big problem. That’s why some of the governors didn’t endorse the idea of state police then. But now let us look at the situation. The democracy is growing day by day; and we are having a very serious security problem everywhere.
“The police are either they are not trained very well to catch up with the menace, or their number is simply inadequate to match with the problems or they are not equipped.”
Yari said the number of Nigerian police which is not up to 500,000 is definitely inadequate in a nation with over 200 million population. “So, they are very inadequate. If I have been given opportunity to have state police that would make a difference.
“By the way, it is only salaries that they are paying. We are paying for everything. Any office that sleeps out his duty post is in our payroll. We are also equipping them. It is only the arms and ammunitions that we are not buying for them. But any other logistics are on our shoulders. If we can do that, we can also run our police.
“And if state governors are accused of using the police, the federal government is also being accused of using the police against opposition.”

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