House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Budget and Research Chairman, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, has advised the Federal Government against frequent deployment of soldiers to combat terrorism, saying the action could scuttle the nation’s democratic rule.
Bamidele, who represents Ekiti Central Federal Constituency I, stated this in a statement on Sunday by his media aide, Mr. Ahmed Salami.
The lawmaker, who lamented the rate at which the Boko Haram sect was multiplying into splinter groups, added that the police were a better alternative in combating the terrorism.
He said, “The arbitrary deployment of soldiers to some flash points in the northern states due to the seemingly weak posture of the Nigeria Police Force will be counterproductive because it may spell doom for the country’s democracy.
“The Nigeria Police Force has offered a credible alternative to forge ahead in its fight against terrorism. The police should be funded to a reasonable standard to be able to respond to civil and criminal issues rather than to rely on the Nigerian Army.”
Commending the Nigerian Army in its fight against terrorism in Yobe and Borno States, the lawmaker, however, advised that Nigeria should learn from the mistakes of using the military to curb insurgency in the past.
Bamidele suggested that community policing would making policing of the country more effective.
He said, “The ratio of kidnapping in recent time in Nigeria and the victims of the kidnapping among which were prominent Nigerians.”