By Yusuff, Uthman Adekola
A vibrant Professor of Political Science in University of Ibadan, O.B.C. Nwolise, has said that the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) have no function assigned to them in the Constitution.
He said this while discussing the topic, “The Nigeria Project and Nationhood”, at the 70th anniversary colloquium of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan.
Claiming that the problems facing Nigeria had been planned by the British colonialists, he condemned the federal system of policing which the country has been practising for years.
He proclaimed that Nigeria was not a federation and that countries like Australia and the likes which practise federalism have state police forces.
“The police has no function in the constitution; only the military has. Go and check the constitution.
“We were given a federal police (by the British colonialists), no state police. Nigeria is the only federation without state police.”
Also discussing the issue of politics, he proclaimed that Nigeria needs statesmen rather than politicians
He further explained that politics is suuposed to end after elections as nation building should begin once governance starts.
The professor also added that any political candidate who fails to show up for debate should be disregarded by the electorate.
“Any political candidate who does not come for debate should go back to his wife’s kitchen. They must come out to tell us what they want to do and we must ask them how.
“So, Nigerians should count that as an insult if any presidential candidate does not come out to debate” He added.
Speaking on the threat against Nigeria’s nationhood, he submitted that injustice is the only thing dividing the country, as he also spoke against marginalisation/exclusion of women, nepotism, violation of rule of law and political irregularities.
He, however, posited that the solution to the nation’s problems is that we “enthrone justice and celebrate competence”.
Other professors and scholars that spoke as discussants during the colloquium included Prof. John Nnia Nwodo, Prof. Mohammed Kuta Yahaya, Prof. Bolanle Awe, Prof. Adebanji Akintoye, Prof. O.B.C. Nwolise, and Odia Ofeimun who came one by one to deliver their lectures respectively.
The programme was moderated by Prof. Obaro Ikime, a foremost Professor of History at University of Ibadan.