Speakers at the Nigeria Info 2021 Security Summit emphasized the importance of Nigeria going beyond military involvement to address the country’ s numerous security issues.
Professor Remi Sonaiya, the 2015 presidential candidate of the KOWA Party; Stephen Ibelli, the United States Consulate representative; Captain Umar Babangida Aliyu, a former military officer; and Rotimi Sankore, a development expert and journalist, all agreed in their presentations that Nigeria urgently needed to address its security challenges in a less military- offensive manner.
A merge of Nigeria Info’ s audience attended the Summit, which was held to honor the station’ s tenth anniversary.
Prof. Remi Sonaiya, former Presidential Candidate of the KOWA Party, spoke on how politics harmed the nation’ s security architecture in her presentation.
She warned Nigerians to be wary of the leaders they elect, claiming that the greatest threat to national security was bad politicians who had no empathy for the people.
” Politics, as we all realize, impacts the overall quality of life of the citizens of any country, ” she stated, stressing the importance of politics in national growth.
” Nigerians must pick leaders who are committed to the country’ s growth.
” We must choose persons of honesty and solid personal integrity who will inspire us all to success and assure prosperity for all by their words and example of sound moral life. ”
On the importance of security in promoting economic development, Stephen Ibelli, Public Affairs Officer at the US Consulate in Lagos, reaffirmed the US government’ s unquestioning support for Nigeria in the battle against insecurity.
” The security concerns in north- east Nigeria have become one of the world’ s most complicated humanitarian crises, with more than 350, 000 people killed since 2009 and approximately three million families affected across the Lake Chad Basin, ” he added.
Ibelli also promised that the US government will continue to provide financial assistance in resolving the country’ s security crisis.
” The counter- security threat lies at the heart of the US Mission’ s engagement with the Nigerian government. ”
” The United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, has already been supervising the US humanitarian response as well as assisting in the reconstruction of basic civic institutions critical to the re- establishment of civil and social life in northern Nigeria’ s hardest- hit states. ”