In the effort to make policing in Nigeria a better experience in the face of a blizzard of criminal activities militating against the safety of lives and property, it has become pertinent to consider community policing in the country.
To this end, in order to have policemen equipped with the dynamics of community policing, Nigerian bureaucrats recently went to Toronto, Canada to seek the help of their police in this regard.
It was a mixed bag of feelings, but perhaps more of a pleasant shock when the Nigerian contingent discovered that a star officer of the Toronto police was their own son and brother. Yes, you read that correctly.
Tewogbade Ojo is from Ilesa, in Osun State has lived in Canada for nearly fifty years. After an illustrious career with the Toronto Police Force that spanned 35 years, Ojo, considered one of the most honest cops in the world, having the impeccable record of not ever receiving a bribe, is now honorably retired from the force.
Only so eager to contribute his quota to foster change in the country, Elder Ojo met with Nigerian police big wigs in Abuja recently and promised to train Nigerian police on community policing. Not only did the former crime fighter made the welcome commitment, but offered to do it free of charge.
Scores of Nigerians in various countries of the world continue to blaze trails in their respective vocations which have also drawn widespread commendation. This great deed by Elder Ojo perhaps is a pointer to the fact that Nigerians in the Diaspora, if properly engaged can meaningfully contribute to the progress of the nation.
Once more Officer Ojo deserves commendation for the noble deed and this throws a challenge to the numerous Nigerians in the Diaspora, to begin to hikn about how they can also bring their wealth of experience in their various metiers to bear in contributing to the upliftment of the Nigerian nation and make it the pride of Africa.