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“Nations need police more than military”

Aug 13, 2017
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Tobi Aworinde

The Lagos State Police Chaplain, Mr. Omolaja Abiodun, on Saturday, gave some insight into the history of the police versus the military.

Abiodun, who is a deputy superintendent of police, said while giving a lecture at the third annual national conference of the Organisation of Nigerian Chaplains with the theme ‘Global freedom of chaplaincy and its responsibilities,’ which held in Lagos.

The policeman said, “As the incarnate presence of God, chaplains perform specific functions more than priests, clerics, prophets. They exist among military, paramilitary and police. You can see that I said paramilitary and police. I want you to get this from this context—police is not paramilitary. Anywhere in the world, police is police. We have military, paramilitary and police. It always stands alone anywhere in the world.

“In the military, their system is more peculiar than that of the police. They are not in contact with civilians. They are confined to the barracks. They have their formations there. But in case such an opportunity like that comes, I want us to just sweep it under the carpet.”

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“The Nigerian police chaplaincy started in 2006. After the military, you have the police. But the police started first. The military came from the police. So, you can actually do away with the military, but you can’t do away with the police. There are some nations that don’t have the military. But there is no nation without the police; it is not possible.”

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