As the Senate, yesterday, began its public hearing on the review of the 1999 Constitution, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar said that if the country must address the issue of security, there must be the establishment of State Police.
In a position paper he presented, yesterday, to the Senate Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution, Atiku also called for the return of a two-party system as way forward, if Nigeria must get it right democratically.
He called for a full scale activation of the six geopolitical zones as centre of power and governance, adding that such arrangement would help to reduce the “harmful tension, bickering and competition for power at the centre.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, who was represented at the hearing by CSP Dabid Abuo, stressed the need for the status quo of central police structure to be retained, just as he jettisoned the proposal for state police, adding that it would be too expensive to fund.
Atiku, in his four-page position paper, insisted that creation of state police “will guarantee security of lives and property and create an enabling environment for our different people to develop at their own pace.”
Defending his position on a two-party structure, the former Presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, explained that ruling parties would never allow opposition party to grow, whereas a two-party structure would allow for a formidable opposition to thrive.
However, there was mild drama at the Main Auditorium of the International Conference Centre, venue of the public hearing on the constitution review, when half naked Gbagi men and women from the Federal Capital Territory stormed the place, demanding for immediate recognition of Abuja as a mayoral district.
Some of the protesters, who wore masks and painted some parts of their bodies in what many called Gbagi colours, also alleged long neglect by successive administration, adding that their lands had been sold by the government without adequate compensation.
It took the intervention of the Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Philip Aduda, to calm them down before they left.