A former Inspector-General of Police, Mike Okiro, said Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, would fix Nigeria the way he fixed Lagos as a governor.
Mr Okiro, a former Lagos police commissioner, made this assertion on Friday in Abuja at the unveiling of the summit planning committee for Tinubu’s support group, ‘Defect Together Movement for Tinubu-Shettima 2023.’
Mr Okiro described Mr Tinubu is a man with foresight and capacity to fix Nigeria, because his developmental legacy were glaring.
“When Tinubu became the governor of Lagos, criminality was at its highest peak in Lagos, robbery, killing, OPC, everything was in shambles and people were running away from Lagos.
“Then, Asiwaju made a special request to the I-G that if he wanted Lagos to be peaceful, he should bring Okiro back to Lagos.
“That was how I found myself back in Lagos, so I worked along with him to be able to keep Lagos calm,” Mr Okiro narrated.
He said his success as a Lagos police chief due to Mr Tinubus support facilitated his promotion to Deputy Inspector General of Police.
“If as Governor of Lagos, he did it, I have no doubt in my mind therefore, that given this onerous task of championing the course of the entire Nigeria, he is going to replicate what he did in Lagos,” he said.
Mr Okiro said that although he was campaigning for Mr Tinubu, ”but it is what I know I am only telling you that one plus one is two.”
He commended the group for selecting him as the its chairman, Board of Trustees and pledged his support to make the vision come true.
Dr Kenneth Ibe-Kalu, the group’s chairman, said that Mr Okiro was chosen as BOT chairman because of his wealth of experience, exposure and knowledge.
“He had contributed immensely to the development of the nation and had a credible career with the Nigeria Police Force, rising to the position of I-G and served as chairman, Police Service Commission.
“He is a destribalised Nigerian, who has earned the respect of most Nigerians, this in a nutshell is what informed our choice of him,” he said.