By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has expressed fear over the worsening security situation in the country, lamenting the marginal roles the state governors were being made to play in the country’s security arrangement.
The governor made this disclosure on Channels television, while commenting on the worsening state of insecurity in the country.
El-Rufai stated that the recent #EndSARS protests by disgruntled Nigerian youths across some major cities in the country against police brutality, which later escalated into violence when some misguided elements hijacked it, has exposed the incapability of state governors to manage security in their constituencies, despite being the Chief Security Officers of their states.
“I am frustrated in my state, many governors are frustrated in their states; we are called chief security officers only in name, we have no control over cohesive instruments of the state”.
Continuing, he added, “We are almost helpless. The #EndSARS protest clearly showed the limit to the control of governors over the police and the military.
“Some of us have more influence than others, but to a large extent, you ask the commissioner of police to do something and he has to clear with the Inspector-General of Police; this is the reality.
“We are not in control of the police, I don’t determine who gets posted to my state as CP and if I give him directives, he can decide to flout the directives. So, we are all frustrated.”