GOVERNORS from the North-West geopolitical zone of the country, the Sultan of sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, as well as prominent traditional rulers were conspicuously absent at the one-day sensitisation and security summit organised by the office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar.
Some participants at the summit saw the absence of the seven governors, Alhaji Ramalan Yero of Kaduna, Alhaji Sule Lamido of Jigawa, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankoso of Kano, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema of Kastina, Alhaji Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi, Alhaji Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto and the host, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, as well as that of the Sultan and some prominent emirs of towns in the zone like Kano, Zaria, Katsina, Daura, Kebbi etc as a major drawback.
Findings by Sunday Tribune indicated that there were no cogent reasons given for their absence. A participant from Katsina, Alhaji Abdullahi Izma, wondered how the issue of security could be tackled effectively when the major stakeholders were absent.
“Don’t forget the governors are the chief security officers at their various domains, while the traditional rulers are seen as the symbol of the people they represent,” he added.
Earlier, the IGP, represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Dauda Fakai, disclosed that police were, once again, going to confront the issue of enhancing national security in the country through intelligence gathering and partnership.
According to him, community-oriented policing would enable the police to proactively identify potential threats and create a climate of safety.