Insecurity : Senate Blames 1976 Local Government Reform
The Senate Wednesday declared that the wave of insecurity bedeviling the Nation particularly in the Northern part of the country was caused by vacuum of intelligence gathering at the grassroots created by the 1976 local government reform.
The removal of traditional rulers from administrative structure of respective local government councils across the country through the reform, according to the upper legislative chamber, created vacuum of intelligence gathering at the grassroots , which culminated into all manner of insecurity in the country today from Boko Haram to Armed Banditry and even herdsmen/ farmers clashes .
Specifically the President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan in his remarks after conferment of Ganuwan Kebbi title on him by the Emir of Argungun, Alhaji Muhammad Mera at the National Assembly , bemoaned the removal of traditional rulers from governance , particularly at the local government councils in 1976 .
According to him “the traditional fathers have always been supportive of government. We from the northern part of the country know that in the past that the traditional rulership played a very key stabilizing role in administration which is highly needed now.”
Senator lawan expressed optimism that the traditional rulers could provide a lot of support for government and security agencies in fighting snd winning
the insecurity challenges in the country.
Fielding questions from journalists on the problem of insecurity in the country at the sideline of the ceremony, the Leader of the Senate , Senator Yahaya Abdullahi said the 1976 local government reforms laid the unfortunate foundation , particularly in the North .
According to him, “As far as intelligence gathering and required mechanism of fighting crime at the grassroots are concerned in the North , traditional rulers and by extension, the various Emirates , are the best bet.”
He explained that before the 1976 local government reform, rates of crime and criminalities in the North , were low because of active roles played by traditional rulers then .
” Unfortunately the 1976 local government reform removed the traditional rulers from active role in governance at the grassroots and invariably created vacuum for effective intelligence gathering which has snowballed into big problem of insecurity in the entire North today as regards Boko Haram , Armed banditry , herders and farmers clashes among others.
“There is need to restore their role because there can be vacuum in power if you divest a group of people of required power or responsibilities, those unexpected will rush to fill the vacuum as it is the case in the North now .
” Fortunately , the process of constitution amendment is ongoing, providing opportunity for stakeholders in the country , to fashion out constitutional role for traditional rulers at the local government level ” he said .
Earlier at the traditional title presentation to the Senate President , the Emir of Argungu who was represented by a delegation led by Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan , said , Lawan was considered for the title because of his quality leadership in the National Assembly and positive roles being played in the Nigerian political landscape .