A former Governor of Cross River, Mr Donald Duke has proffered solution to the menace of insecurity, positing that local policing would ensure effective security in the country.
Duke made his position on Friday at a public lecture organised by the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star in Calabar, Cross River, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
Speaking, Duke described policing as “a very local thing which requires a lot of intelligence and knowing the people who you work with.’’
He noted that anything that is central must be localised.
He said, “If you send someone from Edo to come and become the Commissioner of Police in Cross River and the Divisional Police Officer is from a different state, how do you expect him to understand the peculiarities of the people?
“The failure of the military administration in Nigeria was posting someone from Sokoto to be an administrator in Cross River. It will take him a long time to understand the nuances of the people of the locality.’’
On concept of a servant leader, Duke said there was no better example than Christ who came from on high.
“We must demand loyalty from our leaders because they come to us, demand our votes and immediately they become leaders, they become tigers.
“Loyalty is a two-way thing; it starts from the top and comes down to the bottom and when it gets to the bottom, what you get back is reciprocity,’’ Duke said.
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