A presidential aspirant for 2019 general elections, Prof Iyorwuese Hagher has decried the unprecedented scale of killings,kidnapping, corruption and glaring execution of genocide amongst others against hated groups by allegedly well-protected herdsmen in the nation.
In his keynote address during the 8th Aare Afe Babalola annual lecture at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD),titled: ‘’Nigeria’s Stunted Metamorphosis to Greatness: The Insecurity Factor,’’ Prof Hagher stressed that the biggest threat to national greatness is insecurity.
Prof Hagher who is the president, African Leadership Institute, Dayton,Ohio and former pro-chancellor of ABUAD, said Nigerians are constantly subjected to the feeling of anxiety, lack of confidence and fear due to lack of protection.
He said: ‘’Insecurity is detrimental to the wellbeing of society. It lowers life expectancy and leads to death. Nigeria’s life expectancy is 54 years; this is unfavourably compared to the global average which is 71years. Those who are living in Nigeria live a low quality of life!
‘’They have little access to affordable quality education, potable water, medical care, better living accommodation, improved road networks and better, safe and more nutritious food. Insecurity obstructs social and economic development because moneys voted for public expenditure like health infrastructure and education is instead diverted to solve security needs for peace.
‘’Insecurity destroys the economy because without peace it is difficult for economic activities to thrive. Insecurity destroys businesses, infrastructure, properties and equipment, and businesses relocate to more secure countries or other secure locations.
‘’Oil companies in the South-South relocated away from the region and some even out of the country. In the same way companies operating in the North-Eastern Nigeria had to relocate outside the zone, schools and hospitals were closed down as some doctors and teachers were killed and the remaining fled! Insecurity creates political instability, migration, internally displaced people, capital flight, brain drain, reduction of Foreign Direct Investment and underdevelopment. ‘’
The professor also averred that many people in the diaspora today left Nigeria due to crime and insecurity, as a direct result of an assault or a robbery or death of a relation or a friend from violence.
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