By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Arewa Research and Development Projects, (ARDP), has bemoan the continuous worsening security situation in Nigeria, calling for a conference on Northern Security to tackle the situation.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, Dr Usman Bugaje said, “Following consultations the ARDP has decided to call for a conference on Northern security to do a thorough analysis of the various security challenges and get the experts to provide solutions particularly the coordination and the regulation of the community responses.”
According to the convener, Dr Bugaje; a number of other peace and the Sir Ahmadu Bello development platforms are joining us on this venture, primarily Foundation and the Savanna Centre Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, will hold on July 1 and 2, 2019, at the Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation conference hall, Kaduna.
His words: “The security situation in the country is perhaps today the biggest single issue that faces the nation. It is one that has over time continued to worsen and it is one issue that is about to ground the whole country.
“The one decade boko haram
insurgency has sapped both human and material resources of the Federal and State governments and yet remained protracted.
“The rural banditry, previously localized has now spread all over the country, particularly the North, taking heavy tolls and displacing an increasing number of citizens. The Kidnapping for ransom phenomenon has become a strong industry defying solutions.
“The ethno-religious crises and the farmer-harder conflicts are not abating. The urban violence perpetrated by the increasing army of unemployed youth continue to strike terror in the urban residents and continue to hold urban communities under siege.
“Meanwhile the efforts of the security agencies have not come to much. Insurgency continues with heavy casualties on the military formations. Rural banditry has been raging and expelling hundreds daily. Every other security challenge has been on the increase.
“Assurances by the security agencies have become increasingly hollow. The military are over stretched, being deployed in over 30 States. Having lost hope, many communities are resorting to self-help.
“This means that various communities are securing their own weapons and organizing their defences. This creates a whole new dimension to the security crisis, for it leads to further proliferation of small arms among citizens and irredeemably leads to anarchy. Once anarchy sets in it leads to total breakdown of law and order and as with other Africa Countries it takes a whole generation to recover.
“We therefore believe that the efforts of the security agencies need to be boosted by a robust and coordinated community support. These and many such considerations prompted us to
start a wide consultation as to the way out of this imbroglio.
“Following these consultations we at the ARDP decided to call for a conference on Northern security to do a thorough analysis of the various security challenges and get the experts to provide solut particularly the coordination and the regulation of the community responses.”