Reshuffle cabinet now to balance ministerial appointment equation, fmr police boss, Okeke tells Tinubu, proposes 8 positions for Igbo

The former Chairman of Police Service Commission, Chief Simon Okeke, yesterday, said despite the economic downturn with cost of living rising to absurdity, that President Bola Tinubu was still a courageous leader.

Chief Okeke noted that President Tinubu had been trying his best possible to fix the economic problems under his watch, saying that though the problems were enormous.

He noted that the team working with the President needed to be reshuffled but gave his nod to the office of the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor and the Economic Adviser who he said were doing well.

He insisted that the cabinet reshuffle had become necessary to create an opportunity for a zone like the South East to be equally accommodated in ministerial appointments like other geo-political zones. He proposed eight ministerial positions for the South East who he said did not have equal representation in the ministerial slots like other states.

He disclosed that the Ohaneze Ndigbo had earlier called for the cabinet reshuffle, adding that he endorsed the position of Ohaneze to have more Easterners in the ministerial job for the interest of justice and equity.

On the recent controversy of having state police, Chief Okeke who disclosed that he had been a major proponent of state police ideology before it became an issue of the moment, declared that state police remained the ideal thing, if anybody wanted to be serious about security challenges in the country.

Chief Okeke who gave prominence to the merits of state police ideology in the pages of his new Book titled, “Policing The Nigeria Police” presented in Lagos state recently with the former Secretary-General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku as Chairman, said he was fully in support of the move to adopt the system as obtained in other developed countries of the world.

“If anybody should be serious about security, there should be state police as it is in US, Germany and other countries of the world. Our country is modeled on US government.

“The system is an antidote to security challenges where the states will be fully in charge. I’m one hundred percent in support of it, “the former police boss said.

On his take on government refineries not working in Nigeria, Chief Okeke said the managers of that sector of the economy were not serious about making the refineries work.

He described what is happening at that sector of the economy as conspiracy. He rhetorically asked how many times Nigerians were told that the refineries would start work with nothing new to be seen.

He said that the ultimate goal of planners in that area of the economy was to privatize the refineries for Nigerians to be held at the mercy of private companies as suppliers of petroleum products and every other thing.

On security challenges in Nigeria, especially the Northern parts of the country, he said the activities of the bandits were suspected to have been masterminded by thousands of militants allegedly hired to uproot President Goodluck Jonathan during the presidential election between him and Muhammadu Buhari as major contenders in that election who he said sensed the evil scheme and quickly accepted defeat.

He said since then the bandits who were allegedly handsomely settled with billions of naira had declined to go back to where they were recruited.

He noted that the state of insecurity had come to stay, except new measures were adopted.

In his comment on nonconduct of local government election in Anambra state, he described it as an unhealthy situation. He rhetorically asked why Governors were afraid to conduct the Council elections in Anambra.

The former police boss called for a review of the joint account between the state and local government system with a view to ensuring local government autonomy and necessary constitutional amendments to effect the change.

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