Insecurity: Unemployment Responsible For Banditry And Insurgency- Dogara

Following the hike in cases of insecurity across the country, Mr Yakubu Dogara, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, has made it known that the increasing rate of insecurity in some parts of the country is no longer convenient.

He revealed this at the 10th convocation of Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State, on Saturday,  explaining that the present challenges confronting the country had long been foretold, but that the warnings were ignored.

According to him, “The South-West and South-East are fast becoming Nigeria’s new zones of instability. Added to this is the long list of other protracted conflicts, including but not limited to Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East that has left scores of people dead and millions displaced banditry in the North-West, piracy and organised crime in the South-South, and farmer-herder clashes in much of the rest of the country”.

Dogara made it known that, “With an unemployment rate of over 30 per cent, epileptic economic growth, overburdened and overwhelmed security agencies, coupled with weak institutional capacity within the security agencies, extreme inequality-cum-poverty, and citizens’ alienation from the government, you need not look no further for compounding factors”.

He added that, “Also, inequality and unfairness in appointment and distribution of public utilities create a perception of marginalisation by a section of the people, especially the youths, who have a sense of disaffection and/or resentment. Our inability to place the youths on sustainable career paths has turned this useful demography from dutiful labourers to disaffected rebels”.

Making reference to the 2023 elections, Dogara said that, “Our most immediate challenge now is to bring our disparate peoples together and pull down our barriers, otherwise we cannot build. Issues of development, although absolutely important, are not the most immediate”.

He made it known that, “Make no mistake, if we dare get it all wrong in 2023, we would have succeeded in hastening the days of the first four – the famous horsemen of the apocalypse on ourselves – days that will be marked by conquest, war, famine and death. May God forbid”.

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