President Muhammadu Buhari has opined that the federal government cannot match the financial power of Lagos State, the country’s former capital.
Buhari shared this view in an interview aired by Arise Television on Monday night in his response to the interviewer’s question posed to him on the agitation for state police.
The president said, “Lagos State is richer than the Federal Government. How many states are there that can pay salaries and you now ask them to go and form state police? “Do you know what can happen if you can’t feed the police? Do you just give him uniform and a gun but can’t pay him salaries for six months? It’s going to be a problem and I don’t want to be a part of it.”
In the same interview, he admitted the country’s security chiefs were not up to scratch, attributing his failure to give them the boot to his experience.
His word, “My understanding of security is that when you have a case of emergency, you have to be careful with tampering with the head of services. This is again one of my personal experiences.
“I have been a governor, I have been a minister, I have been a Head of State, I came back, I tried to come back to this office three times but lucky on the fourth time.
“I am measuring the options critically; when you have a case of emergency, if you don’t wait for an appropriate time to do it, then you create competition within the service. There are so many ambitious people waiting; only one man can be chief of army staff, only one man can be the inspector-general of police. Don’t forget that it was this administration that appointed all three.
“I didn’t know them on a personal basis, I followed records and thought I picked the best. Then, of course, their performance may be disappointing but I accept responsibility for not changing them. My reason is based on my own experience.”