March 31, 2020

Nigeria’s Security Challenges: Summit University Holds Roundtable Lecture, Canvasses Joint Efforts

Summit University Holds Roundtable On Security…Participants Decry Politicization Of Insecurity, Canvass Joint Efforts as ways of playing a role in the fight against insecurity in the country, the Summit University, Offa, held a roundtable on security. 
It was part of the efforts to assist the security agencies and others who are involved in the nation-building project.

The one-day high-level roundtable was organized by the Department of Political Science in partnership with the College of Management and Social Sciences ,COMAS, Summit University, Offa, Kwara state. 
The event held at Alhaja Adiat Abegbe Makanjuola Hall, Summit University, Offa had as its theme ‘The State of Nation’.

The Roundtable discussion held under the chairmanship of the Vice Chancellor of the institution , Professor H. O. B. Oloyede, drew participants from the academia cutting across different institutions of higher learning in the country, policy makers, politicians, security operatives ,Traditional Rulers, Community Leaders, Youth and the general public.

A cross session of participants

Among the participants were ; Professors Goke Lalude of the  Fountain University, Oshogbo, M. L. Nassar of the Summit University, Offa, Prof Musbau Akanji of the University of Ilorin, member, Kwara State House of Assembly, Honourable Saheed Popoola , former lawmaker, Honourable Hassan Oyeleke, Vice President , Offa Descendants’  Union,  Alhaji Majeed Balogun, and  Rev. Dr Farenmi.

In a communiqué made available to by Mallam Mustapha Kadiri  after the roundtable discussion, the university Dons and experts came up with observations and  suggestions on how to  tackle and address  the nation’s worsening security situation.

‘Participants observed after a thorough discussion that:Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable; the current security challenge in Nigeria is a manifestation of several social, political and economic challenges which the country has been grappling with since independence.

Taxonomy for the current challenges includes; dwindling investment in education, population growth and its accompanied challenges, perceived inequality, poverty, unemployment, injustice and impunity, bad governance, lack of servant leadership, insatiable love for wealth and lust for power among the citizens, unabated corruption, absence of strong institutions, moral decadence, unwarranted sentimental perception of issues, unregulated social media, religion fanaticism and ethnic bigotry.

Successive governments have been trying their best to manage the security challenges. It is therefore not specific to a particular regime or administration much as it should not be seen as a partisan issue but rather one that relates to humanity in general. 

Participants are optimistic that the current situation in Nigeria is not a hopeless one if necessary interventions are made.

In view of this, the following recommendations were suggested:There should be more investment by all stakeholders in qualitative education while conscious efforts should also be made to eradicate illiteracy in order to imbue consciousness and civility in the citizens. 

Emphasis should be on what unite us rather than what divide us as a country.  Decisions by both the government and the citizens should be based on the good of humanity.

Member, Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon. Saheed Popoola

Justice, equality and respect for human rights should be promoted by the government in power matrix, resource distribution and inter group relations among the citizens in order to prevent people from making resort to self-help. 

Exercise of freedom by citizens should be guaranteed by the government and such freedom should be ensured to be one that guarantees the good of the society. 

Strong institutions should be built which will be fair to all and not allow problems to fester. Decentralization or complimentary security arrangements and their regulation by strong institutions should be encouraged.   

Government, the community and the religious bodies should do more in teaching and encouraging good morals in order to discourage criminal tendencies among Nigerians’ the participants stated in the communique