ABUJA, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has said poor governance, weak institutional capacity, and mismanagement of resources are the major problems of Nigeria.
He made the assertion during a lecture at the National Institute for Security Studies in Abuja on October 6, 2020.
He said for Nigeria to attain sustainable national development and security, there has to be commitments on the part of leaders and the followers.
He said without everyone playing his roles, sustainable national development cannot be attained in the country.
Zulum attributed the crises in most parts of the country to the obsolete/inadequate equipment and personnel deployed for the job.
He noted that while other countries are talking of artificial intelligence and other forms of technologies in their security architecture, Nigeria is still digging trenches to protect her citizens.
Speaking on the topic: “Promoting National Security and Sustainable Development: Borno State Experience,” Zulum gave an account of his experience as a Governor in the last one year.
He said that national security and sustainable development are two sides of the same coin, saying without security there will be no development.
The Governor lamented over the quality of education in the country which he said is poor, stressing that Universities have become mere edifices producing unproductive graduates.
He cautioned Nigerians not to take the security crisis in the northeast as regional affair, saying; “the insurgency is not our problem alone, let’s act or it consumed us all.
“There is an increasing budgetary allocations to security since the beginning of this crisis. The resources which ordinarily shoud have been invested in developing infrastructure is now shifted to the security sector. You see it affects all of us either directly or indirectly,” he said.
He informed that Borno State currently has over 50,000 orphans without access to any form of education, and warned that 50,000 young men growing up without education is serious threat to national security.
He further lamented that insurgency has forced Borno citizens to become unproductive, whom most have completely lost their means of livelihood.
“It’s a pity when others are talking about educational and infrastructure developments at the rural areas, we’re struggling to feed our people.
“Despite the effects of insurgency on the national security and development, people oriented leadership and governance with support from all levels of government can mitigate the impact,” Zulum said.
Earlier, Commandant of the Institute, Alhaji Adeleke, Said Governor Zulum was chosen to deliver the lecture considering his experiences of commitments in the face of daunting security challenges in his state.
Over 50 participants drawn from various security establishments both within and outside Nigeria attended the lecture.