Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina has called on Nigerians that security should be everybody’s business and not only the federal government.
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, who disclosed this while featuring as a guest on Channels Television programme, ‘Politics Today’, said the president was right when he charged school owners, including state and local governments, to scale up security around their educational institutions.
“That can only be wrong and it can only be part of the problem, rather than the solution. Security is everybody’s business. Even at the ward and local government levels, people can be part of the security apparatus. Because when you see something and you say something, you are contributing to the security architecture of the country.
“When you see strangers loitering around and moving suspiciously at the local level, you can tell somebody. You can tell the traditional rulers who will tell the security agencies. If we have the mindset that everything about security is the duty of the president, then that can only be wrong.
“Yes, the president has the responsibility to guarantee safety of lives and property according to the constitution that he swore to uphold but to say that it is his sole business, responsibility or prerogative, we will be very wrong. Everybody is part of the security architecture of the country. It is just that the responsibility weighs heavier on one person than the others but we all are part of it”.
“You are talking of diffusing power so that state government can be in charge, they have always been in charge. Governors are the chief security officers of their states, it is not the president. It is very convenient to talk about true federalism when it pleases us, at other times, it is also convenient to heap all the blames on the president.
“Governors are the chief security officers of their states and they have a role to play in the security architecture of the country. Yes, the president is the commander-in-chief and the bulk stops on his table but governors are chief security officers of their states”.