By Bilkisu Aminu, Abuja
On Monday the 28 of November 2021, CLEEN Foundation (Center for Law Enforcement Education in Nigeria) in bids to ensure public safety and Good Governance has organized a one-day National Dialogue on Emerging security and Governance challenges in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event is the Acting Director Mrs. Ruth Olofin, she stated that the dialogue is designed to engender not just discussions but thought-provoking contributions and recommendations capable of addressing and ameliorating the state of public safety and security in NIGERIA.
“The Dialogue today brings to an end the series of regionally-based discussions across all geopolitical zones which were organized by CLEEN Foundation to understand subnational security governance challenges and engender context based local solution”.
Mrs. Olofin said the fragility of the Nigerian state has never been more evident than now.
“The continuous overstretched of Nigerian security architecture remains a grave concern to Nigerians who unfortunately bear the brunt of the recent spike of insecurity and threat level in the country. The country is besieged by several security challenges from the North to the South daily threatening the very foundation of the country and survival of its people with severe implications for national development.
“In a shocking reality, the problem of insecurity is fast becoming a common feature of our daily lives in Nigeria. She also mentioned an instance where her church member was kidnapped along Abuja – Kaduna Expressway”.
Mrs. Olofin says that we can not but mention the culminating effort of the government in addressing these perennial challenges.
“We have seen an increase in budgeting over the years and acquisition of important equipment for the military security operations in crisis-ridden states of the country. The design and enactment of policies and legal frameworks and their attempts at implementation. We have also seen the deployment of the military to support the operations of the Nigerian Police Force primarily saddled with internal security in the country”.
In an exclusive interview with the press immediately after the event, Mrs. Olofin resolved that the Root cause of the insecurity experienced in Nigeria is bad Governance and the lack of transparency which have resulted in the lack of trust between the government.
“The people don’t trust the government to provide a source of livelihood so they resorted to all forms of crimes”.
Also, Prof. Oshita Oshita a professor of Peace and development studies University of Calabar in his lecture, said, “we have been on this matter for too long. Action should be taken as enough have been said
“The Nigerian state is the simplest country to govern. All the people want is the fulfillment of the government campaign promises and everyone will just move on with their lives.”
In a goodwill message the representative of the Inspector general of police commends CLEEN Foundation for its laudable efforts.
He stated that they need the support of everyone in the fight against insecurity
Also speaking is the representative of the Nigerian Military group captain Joel Abiyoye who also stated that both current and emerging security challenges can be resolved if we are patriotic enough.
All we need is the support and cooperation of every individual to resolve the security challenges in the country, he added.