Shekarau Tells Tinubu To Implement 2014 Confab Report On Community Policing, Restructuring

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Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, a former Governor of Kano State, has called on President Bola Tinubu to take action on certain suggestions outlined in the 2014 National Conference Report regarding community policing and restructuring.

“I have gone through that document. It is 2014 during (Goodluck) Jonathan’s government. He personally handed it over publicly at Eagle Square to President (Muhammadu) Buhari and nothing was done about it,” the former Minister of Education said on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Thursday.

“I’ll advise President Tinubu to dust it up. May be set up a small committee to review it and see things that are doable. Most of these things that we are talking about are there.”

The ex-governor advocated state police and restructuring that “allows bottom-up structure of government. There should be some participation of the people correctly”.

Shekarau commended the President and state governors for their consideration of establishing state police. He emphasized the importance of community policing, which should be owned by the community, with the government serving as the coordinator.

According to him, the success of state police relies on the involvement of traditional institutions and the community.

He also advocated for the annual recruitment of at least 50,000 policemen into the Nigeria Police Force.

Furthermore, the former governor supported the group of 60 lawmakers in the House of Representatives who called for amendments to the 1999 Constitution, aiming to transition from the current presidential system to a parliamentary system of government.

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“I will prefer the parliamentary system to this (presidential) system. It will reduce our cost and bring in more involvement of the people.

“Look at what is happening in the UK. At every time when the Prime Minister misbehaves, they will quickly get rid of him or allow him to resign and elect another head of government.

“But today, it’s a hard nut to break when you talk of impeachment of the President. People have tried it and it never worked. This kind of thing must be changed,” Shekarau said.

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Shekarau’s remark on the 2014 Confab Report emerged approximately ten years after the conference was organized by then President Goodluck Jonathan and other leaders. The purpose of the conference was to provide feasible suggestions on how to advance the country.

The national dialogue commenced on March 17, 2014, under the leadership of the esteemed retired Jurist, Justice Idris Kutigi.

A total of 494 Nigerians from diverse backgrounds participated in the conference, which lasted for approximately five months. The confab incurred an expenditure of about N10bn and resulted in over 600 recommendations. These recommendations encompassed proposals for the restructuring of Nigeria’s political, economic, social, and security systems.

The aim was to address agitations from various geopolitical regions and establish enduring peace.

Regrettably, the recommendations put forth by the confab have not been implemented by subsequent administrations.

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