The leader of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasheun has said that peace is an essential ingredient for growth across all sectors of society.
Fashehun, who is the chairman, Governing Council of APUDI Institute for Peace Studies and Social Rehabilitation (APIS), spoke at the weekend at the inauguration of APIS-University of Abuja Study Centre in Abuja.
“In Nigeria where peace is a rare commodity, we have 10, 000 Nigerians to one police officer, whereas the State of Israel has 300 people to a police man.
“Police personnel are recruited and trained for only six months, and then they are armed with AK 47 and unleashed on the public.
“The future of Nigeria depends on how fast we can install sustainable peace in the country,” he said.
Fasheun stated that aside the fact that officers and men of the force are poorly motivated and overstretched, they are poorly trained to handle arms and ammunition in the discharge of their duties of promoting peace and security.
The President/CEO of APIS and former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Almustapha (rtd), said the institute was conceived with the goal of sustaining peace in the country. He said the courses offered by APIS are not such that are available in Nigeria universities, thus the institute was set up to bridge the gap.
He said the ambition of the institute is to serve the country and assist the government to install sustainable peace in the country. “The social vice that are bedevilling the country will be a thing of the past as soon as APIS gain stride,” he said.
Al-Mustapha disclosed that he was moved to establish the APUDI by the misery Nigerians had been subjected to as a result of insurgency after his release from prison in 2013.
APIS is is a training, consulting research, reorientation and rehabilitation centre of Al-Mustapha Peace, Unity and Development Initiative (APUDI).
Speaking on the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja, Prof. Michael Adikwu said the affiliation of APIS to the varsity was timely due to the uniqueness of the former’s academic programme.
Also speaking was the former Deputy Governor of Sokoto state, Alhaji Ahmed Gusau who was the Chairman of the Occasion. He commended the IG of Police for the policing of the highway along Sokoto-Zaria-Abuja axis and urged the police Chief to extend this to the other regions of the country so as to rid the entire nation from the vices recorded on the highways and to avoid being labelled to be performing selective policing.