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Impeaching Buhari not enough, effect state police now

OPPOSITION lawmakers recently reaffirmed their resolve to impeach the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), if he fails to tame insecurity within the six-week grace they gave him to perform. It is difficult to fault the move given his colossal failure, his abject cluelessness and incapacity to govern. Beyond this, however, is the urgent need to decentralise policing and secure lives and property.

If anything, the impeachment move is belated. In seven years and two months, Buhari has driven the country to the edge of the abyss; ruined its economy, impoverished millions, divided the people as never before and presided over a descent into insecurity and unprecedented criminality.

Given their own equally lack-lustre performance, credibility deficit and collusion, it is not certain if the lawmakers will remain resolute in removing arguably Nigeria’s worst leader from office. Experience gives scant hope of an imminent reprieve from the misrule of the bumbling ex-general.

For most Nigerians, the great and present danger however is the state of insecurity sweeping across the country. The gyrations of the politicians distract from the daily grind, anxiety and distress citizens face from terrorists and criminals of different stripes. Impeachment may bring relief from an incompetent regime, but that may not immediately make them safe.

The PUNCH remains resolute in its call for a fundamental shift in the failed central policing system to a…

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