The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, once again solicited for the cooperation of Nigerians in order to tackle the challenge of insecurity in the country.
Idris made the call in his welcome address at a one day public lecture on security with the theme “Insecurity: Socio-Economic Impacts and Conflict Resolution Perspectives” on Tuesday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Captial.
The IGP said that the Police and all other security agencies will need the support of the South-South people and all Nigerians to curb the menace of insecurity in order bring about development to the country. The Police boss stated that the lecture, organized for stakeholders in the South-South was the second in the series to be held across the six geopolitical zones, to find solutions to security challenges confronting the nation.
“I want to assure you that the Police, under my watch, is committed to defeating all security challenges confronting our dear country; but we cannot do it alone. We need the support of the South-South people and that of all Nigerians”, he intoned.
IGP Idris said that the theme of the lecture was germane as it would afford the Police an opportunity to evaluate the impact of insecurity on the socio-economic development of the country.
He urged Niger Delta youths not to resort to militancy and criminality as a way of resolving their grievances but constantly engage the government through legitimate channels to resolve issues.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Mr Usani Uguru Usani, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, identified cultism among the youths as a threat to national security. He said that insecurity was the greatest threat to the country’s socio-economic development, calling on all Nigerians to take the issue of security as a personal business.
The minister decried the havoc caused by insecurity in the country, noting that it had rendered some children orphans. He however, said that the use of force was not a solution to resolving conflicts but peaceful engagement.
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel said that the Niger Delta, being the oil hub of the nation, should have more federal presence. He said the government must provide adequate security in the area to ensure free flow of commerce and industry activities in the country.
“The Niger Delta Region is the major oil hub and main cash cow of the nation. Government must and has tried to provide peaceful atmosphere for commerce, industry and businesses to thrive. Let there be a little more of federal presence in the region“, Gov. Udom said.
The Governor commended the Police and all other security agencies for their remarkable performance in curbing insecurity in the country.
In his goodwill message, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike said that security issues should not be politicized but handled professionally. He identified imposition of candidates on the electorate as one of the causes of insecurity in the country, while appealing to political leaders to work with the intention of leaving positive legacies after office.
His Cross River State counterpart, Prof. Ben Ayade, also urged the government to improve on the welfare of Nigerians as one of the measures to check insecurity.
“The welfare of the people must be taken seriously to check insecurity,” Ayade said.
The peace summit had in attendance, Governors of Akwa Ibom State, Rivers State, Cross River State, Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, National and State Assembly members, Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Council of Chiefs, Niger State, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Traditional Rulers as well as prominent sons and daughters from the South-South Zone.
- Marcel Samuel