The newly launched Operation Shege Ka Fasa got a fresh snub on Friday after Governor Abdulahi Ganduje of Kano State declared that his state had no need for the security outfit.
Ganduje said in Abuja that his administration preferred building a strong synergy between the communities and the security agencies to backing the Operation Shege Ka Fasa.
He spoke 24 hours after the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, distanced himself and the Northern Traditional Rulers from the security outfit which was launched on Wednesday.
It is the brainchild of the Coalition of Northern Groups to serve as a counterpoise to the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun.
Ganduje, speaking to State House correspondents, after leading a large delegation of Kano State eminent personalities on a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the state government had invested so much in security at various levels that it would be unnecessary to consider any other external arrangement.
He described Kano as the most peaceful state in the country currently and has a conducive environment for the security agencies to perform to their maximum level.
The Kano State governor also said that his administration’s free and compulsory education from basic to secondary levels was already addressing the dual menace of mass out of school children and early girl child marriage.
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, was not part of the delegation, but Ganduje said talks were on to resolve the disagreement between the Emir and the Kano State Government.
Sultan Abubakar had, on Thursday, distanced himself and the Northern Traditional Rulers from the Operation Shege Ka Fasa, saying traditional rulers in the region were not consulted before the security outfit was inaugurated.
Besides, he said the natural rulers were not in support of the regional body.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Northern Security Monitoring Committee in Kaduna State, the Sultan expressed disappointment at what he called the failure of Northern leaders and the elite to provide good leadership for the people.
Such leaders, he said , were responsible for the establishment of the security outfit .
At the Wednesday launch of the Operation Shege Ka Fasa in Kaduna, spokesman for the Coalition of Northern Group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the security outfit was to protect lives and property in the region.
He said the formal inauguration would take place in the next few weeks.
The group has already procured vehicles and trained personnel in preparation for the commencement of the operation.
It said the Operation Shege Ka Fasa would complement the efforts of the police, the military and the state security services to detect, expose and defeat all criminal machinations and carry out specific and general tasks that would realign the attitude and thinking of the public with the ideals and objectives of the founding fathers of the North.