Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State and Chairman of the Southern Governorsâ€™ Forum, has condemned the banditsâ€™ attack on President Muhammadu Buhariâ€™s convoy on Tuesday in Katsina State.
He stated that the countryâ€™s security situation has worsened at an alarming rate, while calling the act by the bandits as daring.
The governor made this statement when hosting some of his former classmates from the Loyola College, Ibadan class of 1968â€“1972 in his office in Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital.
Akeredolu emphasized that his colleaguesâ€™ desire for the State Police is not an attempt at self-aggrandizement but rather a response to the current state of the nationâ€™s security, which he described as having gotten worse rather than better.
In terms of the countryâ€™s security challenges, Akeredolu claimed that the threat posed by bandits and ISWAP has eclipsed the one posed by Fulani herdsmen.
â€œFor me, state police is not for self-aggrandizement. It is a reality of the time. For us in the South and even in the North, I know so many of them that have come to accept that a single command of Police is not good for this country. This country is too big.
â€œWe will continue to make our voice heard everywhere. We are almost there. We are licking our wounds here over the June 5 attack in Owo. It is a serious wound.â€