In the just concluded week, President Muhammadu Buhari approved salary increase for the Nigerian Police Force
(NPF) and also assured them of better welfare and operational needs.
According to the President, the Rank Salary Structure Adjustment – which also included increases in allowances and pension of the officers –, was meant to
boost the morale of the police officers in order to ensure effective policing and strengthen the country’s internal
He noted that police had failed in its primary responsibility of maintaining law and order, and it had invariably put additional responsibility of sustaining internal security on the military, who are supposed to be reserved for higher tasks and protecting Nigeria’s territory – its core mandate.
He also hinted on the need for
more personnel in the force, giving the size of the country as well as the current state of insecurity, especially in the North East and Middle Belt, as reasons.
The sudden attention by Buhari’s administration to the welfare of
the police officers was amid recent deadly attacks by insurgents who overwhelmed three military bases in Malete village, Borno State, reportedly with superior weapons.
In response to the attack, which claimed the lives of many Nigerian soldiers and left others severely injured, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Turkur Yusuf Burutai, relocated the COAS’s Annual Conference to Maiduguri from Edo State, in order to boost the morale of the soldiers at the war front, and also travelled to Chad, in efforts to gain the support of other neighboring countries in the fight against the insurgents.
President Muhammadu Buhari equally promised to better equip the military by procuring more modern fighting equipment and also improve their welfare.
We commend the Federal Government’s promise to lift the standard of living of the police so as to boost their
morale. However, in order to achieve effective policing, more strategic measures are needed such as improving
recruitment processes, restructuring of the police architecture in favour of community policing, improving welfare
package for officers and their families, investment in domestic intelligence and adoption of modern technology,
In a related development, the killings of several soldiers by Boko Haram reveals greater vulnerability of Nigerian soldiers to an erstwhile rag tag team of militants who have metamorphosed to a more formidable fighting force.
This highlights the inconsistencies with the FG’s position that the terrorists have been
decimated or “technically defeated”.
In this light, we opine that Boko Haram still clearly presents a clear and
present danger to the existence of Nigeria