Stop blaming gov’t, security officers and defend yourself – Gov Masari
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has decried the attitude of trading blames and bulk passing amongst Nigerians on who on the growing decline in the security situation in the country, insisting that security is everyone’s responsibility and must not be surrendered to the manipulations of criminals and street urchins.
Masari who made the declaration at the commissioning of state the art, operational security tracking facility and communication center for security operatives located at the Police headquarters, Katsina, said the import of the center which was a brainchild of Katsina initiative should be extended as an awareness campaign to the rural communities, to ensure they defend themselves against banditry attacks.
He said ’’the era of trading accusations is over, we must consider security as our collective responsibility.
‘’Why are we surrendering our responsibilities to some people that are mindless, who kill and maim our people, the ideals of the Katsina initiative should be taken to the people to defend themselves.
‘’It is time for all of us to come out, these security operatives how many are they in number to effectively contain the bandits? It’s because we have failed to do what we are supposed to do that’s why we have overstretched the armed forces.’’
The Governor further wondered why insecurity is not abating despite several efforts by governments and security agencies and suggested that perhaps there are certain things that are not been done properly, adding that the installation of the tracking center will now address the situation.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police, Katsina State Command, Sanusi Buba Sanusi, described the center as an unprecedented arrangement in security coordination in the state, as’’ it synergises as well as formalised all security arrangements and set up in Katsina.”
He further announced that the centre will serve as convergent points for representatives of the various security agencies in the state to mirror criminal activities happening even in the remotest parts and forests in the state before taking action.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Ahmad Ibrahim katsina, described the tracking operations center as an improved version of the Kano Center, updated to international standards.
He said ’’it is a homegrown security arrangement that should be copied by other states with similar security challenges.’’