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Katsina Senator To PMB: Cattle Colonies, Ranching Not FG Affair But States’ Discretion



****Overhaul Security Agencies To End Killings

The Senator representing Katsina South Senatorial district, under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Abu Ibrahim has said the establishment of cattle colonies, grazing routes and or ranching is the sole affair of the states and not a national policy to be implemented by the federal government.

To proffer solution to the insecurity, Ibrahim has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly overhaul the security apparatus to end the incessant killings in the country.

Stating that the security agencies are not doing enough to protect lives and property of the citizenry, Senator Ibrahim said both external and internal security should be strengthened to exercise professionalism and efficiency in their operations.

Speaking in an interview with LEADERSHIP, Tuesday, the chairman of Senate committee on police, noted that even though the varied attacks and killings in the several parts of the country are seemingly politicized, there is no particular ethnic nationality that is fueling the killings as it is being alleged in certain quarters.

Noting further, he said the complexity of Nigeria has called for review of security infrastructure because, according to him, the security agencies especially the police is underfunded and that there is need to enhance the welfare of security operatives.

His words:”I think the issue of cattle colonies, grazing routes or ranching is discretion of states. States that believe in colonies will implement colonies, states that believe in ranches will implement it and states that believe in grazing routes should implement it. But obviously this is honestly not a federal government affair perse but that of the states. The federal government can only come in rarely because of the security aspect of it but if it is gotten to the Executive Council to become a national policy, then, I think it has gotten wrong.

“The President must have to totally overhaul the security apparatus because it seems the security agencies are not working very well if aremed bandits are penetrating or coming through our borders, killings are here and there and lives are being lost unnecessarily, it calls for concern,” he stated.

He insisted that “Security is a major issue and most importantly, it is the responsibility of any government to protect property and lives of the citizenry, and it is among several things, one of the most basic things a government must take seriously. And even, there will be no adequate development when there is no security and we must do everything possible to secure our environments.”