As much as I don’t like the Nigerian Police black on black, I still cannot understand how the new uniform will transform the force. Black on black is not the issue, because American Police have Black on Black (just that how it is worn in Nigeria is different) and they make being a policeman totally cool. The Nigerian Police has its peculiarities, the issues with the force is beyond just having them wear a new uniform. Agreed, this is a way to change the way Nigerians see the Police but it should not be a priority right now. Nigerians want a new Police, improved but we firstly want to be safe. After that we can have eyes for the new uniform.
I was thinking……isn’t mindset more important than the uniform? The average Nigerian Police needs total revamp: their outlook on what they job really means, improved welfare, not new uniforms. The acting IG should focus on the psychology of his men, he has to understand why they act the way they do and figure how to improve their work ethics. Focus on how to improve discipline and help them see their work in new light.
Typical of most Nigerians, we will see the new uniforms admire how good it looks but we are not sure how that changes the men inside the uniforms. The welfare of the Police needs to improve; they have to know that while they put their lives on the line, someone looks after their loved ones.
You really try to believe in this country sometimes but then you listen to the news and you wonder if our leaders are on the same page with the masses. We just happen to have different things on our list of priorities. These high and mighty decisions just make you wonder. Some of these decisions with all the supposed good intentions, just does very little to motivate; it leaves you with a sour feeling and reminds you that the “the Nigerian factor” still happens around here. At every point, we want leaders we can believe in, people who can inspire you to believe in this country regardless of the challenges, individuals who will champion change we can see, change we can believe in, not lip service. It reminds me bow Central Bank of Nigeria is championing cashless or cashlite (whichever) and we are still in perpetual darkness: poor electricity! How exactly do you automate a country with no electricity? Nigeria! How can you be willing to spend money to buy a shoe for a man that no leg to walk when all he needs is a wheelchair?
When Nigerians are not safe, the last thing we want to hear now is how the FG has approved new uniforms, when they cannot help reduce the damage this fuel subsidy removal has done. With countries like China dictating the world economy, India rising up, one would expect Nigerian leaders to face the challenge instead of turning deaf ears to top issues. Nothing has changed in Agriculture after they promised to be eating cassava bread……we really have to check our priorities, we are obviously speaking different language.
In this Nigeria, some people preach that we should believe in Nigeria but their children are schooling abroad, deep down we know they don’t believe in this country. Leaders come and go, they just figure out a way, a programme to siphon our money.
I am really trying to believe and act optimistic but seriously, I refuse to agree with this one…..the new uniform just doesn’t work for me.