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Olagoke, Ojo Admonish FG to Tackle Security Challenges with Renewed Vigour

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By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

The Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen In Islam Worldwide, Professor Sabit Ariyo Olagoke, has reiterated the call on federal and state governments to address the challenges of. Security in the country, just as he commended the Federal Government for its proposed  palliatives to cushion the adverse effects of petroleum subsidy removal.

Professor Olagoke, who is also the President of Ajagun Esin Consultative Forum (AECF), gave the advice while speaking on “Security Challenges and Sustainable Peace: The Way Forward” at Oodua News Newspaper Lecture and Award Ceremony which took place at the NUJ Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan.

In his 11-page speech, Olagoke warned on the repercussion of government neglect of the interest of the masses, adding that the proposed palliative to cushion the effect of oil subsidy removal was a welcome step if saboteurs would allow it to work.

The social crusader said: “When government and their agents fail to discharge their duties and refuse to follow due process, people’s agitation for their rights to have access to functional infrastructure and provision of basic amenities may generate polity heat leading to insurgence, pipeline vandalism, kidnapping, other vices.”

The Justice of Peace pointed out that terrorism in the land has led to various loss of lives and property and sacrileges of internal displacement of people with attendant rehabilitation problems.

The religious leader added that government activities must be strategic to successfully revolve around the matrix mix of “provision of basic amenities to promote people’s satisfaction and contentment to promote sustainable peace through the fundamental needs of man – shelter security, food security and clothing security, economic measure of prosperity and poverty alleviation challenge through equitable distribution of resources.

Olagoke pointed out that only promotion of institutional discipline and zero tolerance to corruption, justice and equity could avail the nation to have food security, shelter security and clothing security upon which sustainable peace stands.

“The present state of terrorism, Fulani herdsmen/farmer skirmishes, ethnic militancy must be addressed through appropriate conflict resolution formula by the state and federal governments to generate a conducive atmosphere for the growth and development upon which the present efforts effect positive change is duly rested. However, we are all stakeholders on the issue of security challenges and sustainable peace in Nigeria to move the nation forward,” he pointed out.

On the role of religious leaders, he called on them to “run a functional religious system whereby the scriptures are internalised to the point of ease of application by intuition. The scriptures agree on peace initiatives as divine instruction to regulate social activities, and that taught knowledge must be acquired to promote the core values of right and acceptable personality – integrity, positive mental attitude for appropriate relocation, self esteem and positive self image.

While delivering his lecture on the same theme, the guest lecturer at the event, an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Ilorin, Dr. Gbade Ojo, noted that if a society is backward, it becomes difficult to fight crime and corruption, adding that the level of technological and economic developments have inverse relationships with security.

According to him, developed societies of the world fight insecurity with technology in contemporary times.

“One of the challenges faced by the security sector in the country is brazen corruption. Recently, the anti-corruption agency (EFCC) disclosed that they have uncovered $12.9 billion another arms deal fraud during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. The development has brought arms funds, which were diverted to other uses to $15 billion as the initial probe covered only $2.1 billion!”

During the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo too, an Inspector General of Police was arrested, tried and convicted of corruption charges. The concomitant effect of corruption on security sector is revealing itself,” Ojo lamented. 

As panaceas to the security challenges in the country, Dr. Ojo, who was the immediate-past Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Political Matters advocated additional recruitment of security personnel, while calling on the Federal Government to improve the current conditions of police stations and military barracks across the country.

“Furthermore, the media too are required to play positive roles by engaging in developmental journalism. In a plural and deeply divided society like Nigeria, the media should down play centrifugal tendencies to hasten the process of national integration. The media can do this without necessarily sacrificing their professional etiquettes,” he said.

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