The former Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Barr. Lawrence Alobi has called on Nigerians to join hands with security agencies to curb the current security challenge the country is facing.
Alobi said this while answering questions from newsmen in Calabar during the public lecture organized by the Media for Good Governance Advocates.
He said, security is very vital and without it no nation can experience development. Everyone needs to be pro-active, so as to be on the alert to fight a common enemy, which is terrorism.
Barr. Alobi, who was one of the guest lecturers at the event, also said that the government should make put measures in place in order to address youth unemployment which he said will prevent insurgents from recruiting them and prevent other crimes.
“Security encompasses all aspects of life no one will want to invest in a country when there is no security. There cannot even be good governance, which is the reason why we are here today; the economy of any society cannot thrive without security. Hence, I think we all need to join hands with security agencies to fight Boko Haram, which we will surely defeat” Alobi said.
Speaking at the same occasion a member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Mrs. Nkoyo Toyo said women are being recruited into insurgency because of low education in that part of the country, which she said is not so in other parts of the nation. She said, “For example, in the South-East, women are integrated into development and through this, the region has recorded remarkable progress”.
She urged the federal government to put more effort in ensuring that there are targeted actions aimed at the youths, in order to arrest the growing unemployment in the country among youths.
She expressed support for the Senator Liyel Imoke-led administration in Cross River state for its gender friendly policy, which she said has gone a long way in helping women realize that they are relevant people in the society. She also said that the gap between the rich and the poor must be bridged, because, according to her, as it is now, it is too wide.