The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari, has charged Nigerian police to remain or exhibit political neutrality.
The three-day Conference and Retreat for Senior Police Officers was opened by him on Monday in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.
Buhari also stated that his administration would keep assisting the police, highlighting various reforms his administration had implemented to strengthen the Force.
Buhari, in charging the Nigerian police to remain politically neutral, he stated the following;
”As I have often observed, elections are local, and it is only when the votes truly count that the faith of the citizens in the democratic process can be demonstrated and government legitimacy assured,” presidential aide Garba Shehu quoted the President as saying.
”This can best be guaranteed through a well-policed election and security operations that are impartial, firm, and professional.
”This is what, on this day and occasion, I charge the Nigeria Police Force to deliver to the nation during the 2023 General Elections.
”I, therefore, task the Inspector General of Police to sustain his leadership standards that will guarantee a level playing field, and secure public space for the citizens to freely exercise their franchise, and for the outcome of the elections to be a true reflection of the people’s choices.”
He stated his desire is to restore the primacy of the force.
“My desire is to restore the primacy of the Police towards rebuilding public trust and professionalism,” the Nigerian leader added.
”My vision is also to bequeath to the nation a Police Force that is not only modernized, but well-funded, suitably equipped, and appropriately re-oriented to effectively police our democracy and guarantee a stable internal security order under a citizen-led, technology-driven, rule of law guided by intelligence-based policing Models.
”I am inspired that by our reform initiatives, we have laid a solid foundation towards the restoration of the operational competence and professional efficiency of the Police.”
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