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Don blames insecurity on dysfunctional system, mediocrity

NEWS DIGEST–The high rate of insecurity across the country has been blamed on a dysfunctional security system and the celebration of mediocrity by Nigerians.

A university lecturer, Dr Ayuk Achu of the Department of Sociology, University of Calabar, made this assertion in a paper he presented on Saturday in Calabar on the occasion of the Feast of Barracuda, Jokaina Deck, of the National Association of Seadogs.

In the lecture titled: ‘Insecurity and Governance in Nigeria’, Achu listed several factors fuelling insecurity and narrowed them down to some glaring ones.

He stated, “We have insecurity in the country because the security agencies as presently constituted are a charade. Intelligence gathering is very poor. We have reactionary policing instead of pro-active policing.

“We have inadequate personnel in the police Force. We have about 317,000 policemen to guard a population of about 200 million. How can they be effective?”

Achu said there was a travesty of justice in the country as the highest bidder were getting justice while the poor did not, adding that some people were bigger than the law because when they break the law, they go scot-free,

The don stated that injustice, poverty and unemployment, among others, had continued to increase the level of insecurity in the country.

He added, “The fear of insecurity erodes the social fabric. We now rely on our communities for protection. Insecurity has persisted for so long and the fact that we have become helpless has made it to be seen as normal.

“Insecurity has enormous negative impact on the economy; insecurity is a web and it is centred on refusing to do what we ought to do. If the existing security apparatuses live up to their billing and if we recognise dignity in labour, insecurity will be reduced.”

Some of those, who spoke at the event chaired by the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. James Epoke, agreed that security was the responsibility of everybody.

Epoke explained that the high cost of governance, failure of government to include the youth in its programmes and policies, and marginalisation of some sections in university admission were also fuelling insecurity.

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