The Nigerian State has been overwhelmed by the myriad of safety challenges confronting it and probably the most vital manifestation of that insecurity is the Boko Haram terrorist group.
That is in accordance by Professor Olufemi Mimiko, a visitor lecturer on the maiden version of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) visitor platform with the subject, ‘Appraisal of State of Safety in Nigeria, Yesterday, Immediately and Tomorrow: The Approach Ahead which held on the NUJ Press Centre, Osogbo.
Professor Mimiko stated all of the forces of insecurity are intricately webbed and can’t be separated.
He stated the financial challenges going through the nation can be a part of the explanation for the heightened insecurity including that twenty-four million Nigerians are unemployed and the poverty fee has risen to thirty-three %.
The Chairman of the event, a one-time civilian governor of Osun State and army administrator of Lagos State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola highlighted the elements answerable for crises in Nigeria.
The previous Commander of the Nigerian army contingent to Somalia stated the Nigerian Structure which nonetheless operates a unitary system suffers nepotism, ethnic favouritism, corruption, elevated unemployment, which had been all inimical to its progress and progress.
Oyinlola who revealed that he had on many events interrogated the safety scenario within the nation questioned why insecurity has taken the entrance burner within the nationwide discussions.
He recalled that as a Brigade Commander in Borno State, he as soon as steered that colleges be constructed for Almajiri youngsters, an concept which was opposed by a serving Commissioner.
“I warned that if the youngsters ought to develop up with out technique of employment, they’ll fend for themselves.
“This has turn out to be prophetic as a result of no one is sleeping in Nigeria at present.”
Oyinlola defined that mass illiteracy and a badly broken federation was additionally contributing to the lingering scenario drawback in Nigeria.
Oba Adedokun Abolarin, the Orangun of Oke-Ila Orangun in his comment blamed the Nigerian elite for his or her greed accusing them of amassing wealth which has resulted in safety challenges within the nation.
The royal father warned that within the foreseeable future, there might not be any nation known as Nigeria.
In his phrases, “As an individual, I don’t benefit from the Nigerian elite due to the issue that has been created a very long time in the past.
“Till sure issues are completed, we could not be capable to transfer ahead.”
Oba Abolarin, nevertheless, disclosed that every one hope was not misplaced within the Nigerian enterprise and that one of many methods of defeating insecurity is to maintain the downtrodden.
In his welcome deal with, the Osun NUJ Chairman, Wasiu Ajadosu defined that the discussions would function a platform to debate safety points as there was a necessity to maneuver away from partisan politics and iron the problems out squarely.
He famous that within the six geo-political zones of the nation there may be one prevailing safety problem or the opposite including that Nigerians must be extra involved concerning the challenge of kidnapping, terrorism and banditry.
Ajadosu challenged the invited visitors to deliberate on proffering options.
In his phrases, “With the crop of specialists we invited, we should always be capable to proffer options to the issue of insecurity.
“The media ought to focus extra on reporting developmental points and never safety which is the first accountability of presidency.
“There’s a must seat and dialogue to seek out options to the nationwide points.”
Ajadosu additionally steered the necessity to test the workings of the 1999 Nigerian Structure and supported the clamour for neighborhood policing.