Police justify siege on Emir of Kano’s palace

Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan, on Friday justified the siege laid on the palace of the Emir of Kano by policemen, saying it was done to protect lives and property.He said it was unfortunate that instead for Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso to appreciate the efforts of security agents in ensuring peace in his state, he was busy abusing President Goodluck Jonathan.Kwakwanso had on Wednesday accused Jonathan of being responsible for the protest that followed the appointment of a former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, as the Emir of Kano.The governor also accused the President of deploying policemen to the palace in his bid to thwart Sanusi’s emergence as the traditional ruler of the ancient town.But Adesiyan, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Wale Akinola, said the governor needed to be educated on the role of police and other security agencies in the society.He said, “Police have the mandate to protect the lives and property of every citizen of Nigeria and Kano State cannot be an exception.“When there is protest, the police should be able to protect people’s lives so that it will not lead to a major crisis and that was what the police did in Kano to stop the youths who were dissatisfied with the appointment of Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.“But instead of appreciating the efforts of security agents in bringing about peace in the state, Kwakwanso was abusing our president.“I think Kwakwanso needs to be educated on the role of police and other security agencies in the society as well as the functions of the President of Nigeria in order to give him an insight into their operational procedure.”The minister further chided Kwankwaso, saying that no responsible governor could raise his voice and abuse a sitting President with a view to scoring cheap political goals.He said the governor’s outburst against the President was only an indication of a failed governor who acts against the will of the people.The development, he further added, portrayed Kwanwakso as a person who lacks patriotism.He added, “It is rather unfathomable that Kwakwanso could use the protest that followed the appointment of Sanusi as the Emir of Kano as an opportunity to insult the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria the way he likes.“His recent outburst is an indication of a failed governor who acts against the will of the people.“Have you ever seen the opposition party insulting the President of the United States of America, or the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, or Chancellor in Germany?“It is only in Nigeria that those who lack patriotism like Kwakwanso can insult the President at will.“Rather than reflect and ever remain grateful to PDP for giving him the platform to become a governor and a minister, Kwakwanso now has the audacity to abuse the President.“While I recognise the inalienable right of citizens to hold opinions and identify with political platforms of their choice, I find it very difficult to understand the type of bitterness that has taken hold of an elected person like Governor Kwankwaso who hugely benefited from the PDP on which platform he was twice elected governor in addition to being appointed minister.“Kwankwaso has not only shown his aversion to the unity of the nation but also the agenda of his party, the APC, to attack well-meaning individuals and leaders as a means to cause confusion among Nigerians and destroy our oneness as a people.”The minister added that contrary to Kwakwanso’s claimed that Jonathan-led administration has not done enough to release over 200 Chibok girls from Boko Haram’s den, the fight against terrorism was not only peculiar to security agencies but the entire citizens of the country including him (Kwakwanso).

Source:Punch News

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