Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday lamented the security challenges facing the country, calling on the Federal Government to create state police.
They insisted that for Nigeria to overcome the challenges, the present police structure must be decentralised to give way for the establishment of state police across the country.
The PDP governors spoke in Jos when they visited Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State at the Rayfield Government House following the series of attacks by gunmen, which had claimed over 200 lives in the past one month with properties worth millions of naira destroyed in various communities of the state.
The PDP governors on the visit were Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Ahmadu Fintiri, Adamawa; Peter Mbah, Enugu; Godwin Obaseki, Edo; and Ademola Adeleke, Osun State.
They announced the donation of N100m to the victims of the Plateau attacks.
In an interview with journalists after the visit, the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Muhammed, who spoke on their behalf said, “We are just being very honest with ourselves. We are not just indicting unreasonably the Nigeria police or the security agencies as they are doing their best, but certainly the ratio of the citizens to the number of policemen is too low and the state governors know the peculiarities of their states, local governments, towns and villages.
Muhammed said the absence of state police was why different states were organising vigilantes, noting that governors in the North had begun to take a cue from their counterparts in the South-West, who formed Amotekun.