An elderstateman and Senator of the sixth National Assembly in Nigeria, Dr. Bode Olajumoke has kicked against the move of the legislative body to allow State police, saying the nation is yet to mature democratically.
Speaking with The Hope in his Imeri residence in Ose local government area of Ondo state, Olajumoke noted that until Nigeria matures democratically, the idea of state police should be submerged.
Olajumoke spoke at the weekend while being honoured with a Trailblazer and Benevolence Award by the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, NNSS, Imeri.
His words: ” In terms of whether we are growing in our democracy, it is unfortunate we have not, go to other neighboring countries, Ghana, Guinea, I think there is a comparative appreciation for the need to grow democracy in those countries better than Nigeria; I pray that God will enlighten us, and it cuts across all the political diverse, but I hope eventually, we will get there.
“My advice is that we should ensure that democracy thrives in our society, that there is no imposition, no impunity, allow members of the ward to choose their councillors, allow members of a particular local government to elect their choice, it is a question of allowing true democracy to thrive”. he advised.
The septugenarian who expressed absolute disapproval to the move of the National Assembly to allow State Police warned that democracy is yet to be matured in Nigeria, hence the reason the country would not be able to manage State Police like other developed countries at this point in time.
“The impunity of our leadership at the state level across the nation is there, secondly I don’t think we have the funds.
“My take is that we are yet to have true democracy, we are yet to appreciate that government comes government goes, let there be establishment and installation of true democracy, when we have gotten there, then we can talk of state police”, he noted.