The worsening security situation in the country has been blamed on lack of functional local government system arising from inefficiency and absence of fiscal federalism to enable them carry out their constitutional responsibilities.
The founder of Ned Nwoko Foundation, Ned Nwoko, disclosed this in Abuja when he delivered a Democracy Day lecture titled: “Getting It Right Ahead of 2023,” which was organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Correspondent Chapel.
He called on federal government to muster courage and liberate local governments from the hands of state government who have continued to dominate and control their affairs.
Nwoko also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call for a conference where all contending voices and groups such as Boko Haram, Eastern Security Network (ESN), Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Ohaneze Nd’Igbo, Afenifere will not be guided on what they want to talk about.
He said this would put a stop to the various agitations rocking the country.
According to him “Any crime is local, it is high time the president call on all the local government to know that henceforth, they have to take charge of the security in their domain.
“And be empowered to do it through fiscal support, work with the intelligentsia, traditional institution and the security agencies in the local government with the federal government. In no time, the youth who are mainly people that suffered lack of jobs in the local government will become engaged.
“So, we need local government autonomy in all ramifications. I know the state governors will fight against it because they use the local government for their elections. This is what the President must give to Nigerians.
“If we fail as a nation or this administration or the government fails today, it is the president that has failed.
“All the chairmen I have spoken with are eager to ensure that they have independence,” he said.