Nasir El-Rufai: In search of leadership (2): Restoring hope by avoiding breakdown

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  • Observer

    Interesting that he chose to end his article with that word “colonization”. Very interesting.

  • Brian

    We must be seen to walk the talk. Nigerians are over complaining about “The Federal Government”. The worst government officals in Nigeria are the Local Government officials. People should expend some energy on making sure that the GRASSROOTS are performing.

    Nigeria is a very complex country. Mr El Rufai is talking about Federal Structure and representation of Federal character, meanwhile the 6 geo-political regions in Nigeria do not have equal number of states… and Mr El Rufai is saying states should not be created.

    What I see is a man who talks in the direction of what will FAVOUR him.

    Mr El Rufai is talking about creating local security outfits… and what I see will be a “group of tribalistic illiterates” as State and Local police, that will carry out “extrajudicial, radical or religious killings” where ever they are stationed through out Nigeria.

    Of course, a Yoruba man can not be a member of police in Adamawa, neither can an Hausa man be a member of local police in Ogun, not even in Lagos.

    For example, LASTMA has been good enough, but “Knowing how to speak yoruba” can save you when you find yourself in a controversial situation in Lagos… EVEN IN LAGOS, OUR MOST ENLIGHTENED CITY??

    And Mr El Rufai here is asking for “local and state security agencies”??

    Nigerians are still highly illiterate and tribalistic to empower “locals” with weapons.

    In the 1960’s, the police and military helped to carry out killing of Nigerian civillians of Southern Origin.

    In the 1990’s Nigerian Police and Army were also turning blind eye to senseless religious riots in the NORTH.

    …AND MR EL RUFAI WANTS LOCAL POLICE, IS THAT WHAT EL RUFAI WILL DO IF HE BECOMES PRESIDENT?

    I AM AFRAID