As the problem of security challenges in some parts of the country continue to grow, Senator representing Plateau North, (PDP) at the Upper chamber of the National Assembly, Gyang Pwajok on Monday made a special case for the restructuring of the Nation’s security infrastructure to allow states have greater control of the Police Force.
The Senator who was elected to replace Senator Gyang Dantong, who died along with a state House of Assembly member and others during a crisis in Jos, said the natives of the state are not ready to mortgage their traditional institutions for those he referred to as residents.
He said those causing problems in Plateau State because they want to have access to certain exclusive rights of the indigenes must begin to realize that there was a clear distinction between indigene ship and residency in the nation’s constitution.
The lawmaker further argued that the current unitary structure of the police does not help in the process of entrenching long lasting peace in most of the nation’s trouble spots including Plateau State.
Pwajok, who argued that Plateau state has been in crisis since 2005 following alleged disagreement over ownership of the land between the natives and settlers resulting in political skirmishes, however asserted that with its primal origin, indigene-ship cannot be replaced with citizenship.
He noted that issues of nativity were God ordained, and that long stay by a sojourner does not qualify him to “indigene ship”.
“Somebody said once you have stayed in a place for 20 years, why can’t you claim all rights? Is there anything like all rights in the true sense of the word? Your rights have limits. Your right ends where mine starts.
Speaking with newsmen at the National Assembly on Monday, Pwajok said it would be necessary and urgent to enhance swift response to security challenges.