The news media were awash last week that the North’s governors and traditional rulers have come around to support state police after a meeting they held in Abuja; the reason for their about turn was given as the worsening security situation in the North. These are the same leaders that have often risen in stout defence of the administration of Muhammadu Buhari, threatening critics with mayhem and insisting, against the grains of evidence and acting like the ostrich, that the North is more secured under their own son, Buhari, than it was under his predecessor, the Ijaw man Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The same North that has stood ramrod against calls for state police, labeling its advocates as enemies of Nigeria’s unity and oneness and threatening them with charges of treason, now wants state police to curb rampant insecurity, which they had hitherto denied was obliterating any semblance of governance in their own part of the country! If we may ask the North, na today day break, as they say? Why is the North always a late-comer to all things good in Nigeria? Is this hyperbolic or exaggerated?
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