President Bola Tinubu has revealed an ambitious agenda to reshape the Nigeria Police Force, incorporating the establishment of dedicated police formations for the solid mineral and marine economy sectors. In a meeting with All Progressives Congress governors in Abuja on Friday, Tinubu outlined his vision for enhancing Nigeria’s police architecture, receiving applause from security experts.
Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, shared the details on X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday, highlighting Tinubu’s commitment to investing in security. The President articulated plans for three new police formations to complement the regular police force, introducing forest guards with advanced training and modern technology to bolster security.
Quoting President Tinubu, Onanuga stated, “We have a big marine economy, and I do not see why we should not have the marine police. We will have the same (police) in solid minerals to keep the scavengers away. I am ready to invest in security.” Tinubu’s emphasis on securing the solid mineral and marine economy sectors reflects a comprehensive approach to safeguarding diverse aspects of the nation.
In addition to restructuring the police force, Tinubu unveiled plans to store Nigeria’s gold and other minerals in reserves, a strategic move aimed at bolstering foreign exchange reserves. While discussing this initiative, Onanuga quoted the President, saying, “We will buy our own minerals and keep them in reserves, especially gold, which will be effective in our foreign exchange reserve.”
Security experts, including Dr. Kabir Adamu and National Security Analyst Nnamdi Chive, lauded Tinubu’s decision to focus on the police force for internal security matters rather than involving the military. Adamu expressed excitement about the emphasis on police reforms and urged Tinubu to ensure the ongoing reforms initiated by his predecessor are concluded.
Tinubu’s multifaceted approach to security reform signals a commitment to addressing internal challenges while safeguarding critical sectors of the economy.