The Osun state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his Ondo state counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, have reiterated the call for the restructuring of the country, adding that now is the time for that to happen.
They both spoke on Wednesday at the public presentation of a book on former Chief of Defence Staff, General Alani Akinrinade, entitled: Alani Akinrinade: My Dialogue with Nigeria.
While Akeredolu said: “the time has come for proper restructuring of Nigeria. But, we need a blueprint on that. We look forward to General Akinrinade’s memoir, which may contain some nuggets on restructuring,” Aregbesola said he has total and absolute belief in federalism which makes it impossible for him to accept anything outside restructuring of Nigeria.
According to the Osun governor, “Nigeria is the only Federation on earth where the police system is unitary. There is no other federation in the entire world where the internal security arrangement is unitary or directed from the centre.
“As we clamour for the total overhaul of our archaic federal system, let us start by demanding that the police should be restructured, as a first step. It is not only about state policing, because even the structure of the police can be federated even as it is today.
“Why must the Commissioner of Police in a state report only to the Inspector General of Police? What is the duty of the zonal police command when the command in the state is not in any way connected to it?
“Let us federate the police, even in this awkward unitary structure. I am not saying that is the end, but let us even start from there,” Aregbesola said.