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Olalekan Jackson-Ojo is a safety skilled, and authorized golden member of worldwide safety affiliation Switzerland, a fellow of the Worldwide Institute of Skilled Safety in Nigeria, member of Worldwide Occupation Officers Florida USA, and an award winner, excellent safety persona of the yr 2016, 2017 and 2018 and plenty of others.

On this interview with DAILY POST, he analysed the most important points undermining the safety in Nigeria and the answer. EXCERPTS:

Being a safety skilled, how are you going to describe the current degree insecurity within the nation?

The deaf can hear, the blind can see, the lame can run a pace now due to the safety state of affairs in Nigeria. The safety state of affairs in Nigeria is what has collapsed already. Simply on Wednesday, it was on the information {that a} college was raided by some gunmen in Niger State. Youngsters have been kidnapped on a number of taxes.

It has been occurring like that. When the lives of Nigerians of tomorrow are now not secure in a college, that’s to say, that we are attempting to break down the way forward for this nation. When there may be no person to take the a part of management tomorrow, due to lack of safety affecting the mentality of the kids, that’s traumatizing them towards schooling, so what are they speaking about?

Within the final two years, about 200 individuals have been killed in Delta State, they’ve kidnapped greater than 2000 individuals that their vacation spot is unknown now.

This has been occurring in Zamfara State, Sokoto State, Kaduna State, Katsina State, Benue State and has been occurring in some Yoruba land. So, when it began from the northeast, it carried its ugly head to the northwest and the north-central, from the north-central to the south of the east, south of the south and now south of the west, which has been essentially the most peaceable, secured, handy and cozy place to remain in Nigeria earlier than, however it isn’t like that once more.

How can the Federal Authorities go about fixing the insecurity points?

Individuals like us have instructed that there have to be safety submit that may include safety consultants, conventional rulers, retired and serving police and army officers, retired administrators of the SSS, NIA, however no person is listening to this. And when the safety of a nation collapses, the social-political, social-economic, spiritual a part of that nation will collapse. With out safety, nothing works. Nigeria immediately is at risk, with the extent of issues, there are nonetheless a number of alerts, however no person is pondering of a approach out.

In my safety coaching, each at dwelling and overseas – my safety exposures, the problem of safety just isn’t completed within the pages of the newspaper, it isn’t completed on the radio, it isn’t completed on TV. The enemies are within the line of monitoring the information, So by the point you’re offering options, it’s like you’re releasing your secrets and techniques into the fingers of your enemies. Then they’ll destabilize you and demobilize you.

Why do you suppose among the ideas within the dailies by the consultants won’t work?

For me, one of the simplest ways is for a clandestine safety summit, that even the federal government won’t be able to announce it to the general public. They may simply get the contact of these folks they wish to invite for the summit and they might be assembly clandestinely. On the finish of the day, they’d submit their paper to the federal government, then the Nationwide safety adviser and the safety chiefs, what I meant by safety chiefs is the director of SSS, director-general of PIA, NIA.

They may do a severe examine and advise the President. And you realize by the point you announce it to the general public, the political class will hijack it and can sponsor their eavesdroppers to hitch. Earlier than the holistic examine, when suggestions are made to the President, these different persons are already utilizing it to deflate the tire of the automobile of safety progress.

What’s your view on the latest remark of the governor of Bauchi state Alhaji Mohammed saying Fulani herdsmen to defend themselves by carrying AK47?

Mohammed opened his mouth and I see it as a cancerous mouth, to say that the Fulani herdsmen have the precise to hold AK47. Meaning this man doesn’t know the customized of Nigeria. AK47 is permitted to be carried by authorities safety forces solely; it isn’t registered that any particular person, irrespective of who you’re in Nigeria, to hold AK47. It’s not a mushy weapon, however a classy one. It’s towards the regulation and as a matter of reality, anybody carrying AK47 when he isn’t a authorities safety official needs to be arrested and prosecuted instantly, as a result of she or he is a legal.

It’s not one thing you may simply go to the market and purchase, it isn’t what Inspector Basic of Police can register for you. All these weapons will not be for private safety. Even a army normal can’t carry an AK47 when he isn’t on official responsibility, the chief of military workers can’t parade an AK47.

If Mohammed is attempting to enact a brand new regulation that allows Fulani herdsmen to hold AK47, then the farmers in Imesi Ile, in Osun State also needs to carry AK47 for self-defence towards the Fulani herdsmen and Okada Riders have the identical proper to parade with AK47 towards armed robbers, each college instructor towards the hoodlums which might be coming to kidnap their college students. That’s going to have an effect on nationwide safety additional as a result of it’s an encouragement now for the Fulani herdsmen to even do worse.

What’s your response to eviction discover by the Sunday Igboho and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu?

When the folks cease having confidence within the state, they’ll take to self-defence as a result of the regulation turns into lame, inactive.

When herdsmen proceed to rape, kill, kidnap and acquire the ransom and nonetheless kill, and no authorities is exhibiting a excessive degree of no concern. To me, many different Sunday Igboho will nonetheless come up if this angle of those folks continues. So the federal government ought to present duty.

On this authorities, each good factor in authorities is designed for a piece of a rustic, it’s pretty much as good as nepotism. Allow us to take EFCC as a case examine, when Obasanjo appointed Nuru Ribadu, it was purely based mostly on benefit after which Obasanjo is a Yoruba man.

What’s your normal message to Nigerians on safety?

Safety, they used to say, is a enterprise of everyone, with the extent of insecurity we face within the nation immediately, if we enable it to manage our feelings then we are going to act wrongly. However at this stage, it is extremely manageable, I wish to urge all Nigerian to be law-abiding in peace, they need to not take the regulation into their fingers, that’s the solely approach that may assist us.

Allow us to be brothers and sisters, allow us to dwell collectively in peace and unity. If the federal government fails us, we should not fail ourselves, that’s my good recommendation for everyone throughout the nation.

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