LEMU on tackling rising tide of insecurity
The Lekki Muslim Ummah (LEMU) has appealed to Federal and State government to implement a number of measures to better safeguard citizen.
The group noted that despite deployment of security forces to protect citizens from internal and external aggressions, the country is still challenged with increasingly threat from criminals.
During the quarterly Dawah workshop organized by the group to address the seemingly intractable insecurity bedeviling the nation, themed ‘Dealing with the insecurity in the nation’, Nigeria security agent spoke on ways to curtail and eliminate the threats.
The President of LEMU, Dr. Kamoru Omotosho, urged the government to intensify efforts and adopt new strategies in combating the unabated insecurity pervading the entire country.
“Nigerians apparently live in fear. The situation is so bad that some of us cannot venture travelling to our villages for fear of being waylaid by criminals. From the horrendous savagery of Boko Haram to the menace of kidnapping, one chance, cultism, rape, armed robbery and cruelty of organ harvesters, no place is safe across the country any longer. So far, the nation’s security agencies do not seem to be winning the war against criminality in the land, despite the huge amount being committed to the cause by the government annually,” he said.
The former Commissioner of Police and Special Adviser on Security to the Oyo State government, Fatai Owoseni, represented by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Idrisu Disu, said kidnapping is one of the country biggest challenges, due to unemployment, corruption and low rates of education.
“There is poverty in our land, people are suffering. Some greedy people taught one of the best ways they can make money is by abduction and captivity of a person to obtain a ransom. The number of unemployed people hanging around in joint where alcoholic drinks are sold in the early morning is much”.
He stated that for security institution to meet its core remit, anti-kidnapping agents must be retrained, activities of the security agent must be monitored, offenders must be seriously punished and government should create more jobs.
“For the country to fight kidnapping successfully, security agent must be train and retrain, there is need to monitor activities because we have notice that a lot of security agent are assisting the kidnappers and they are feeding them with information. The state and federal government of should bring swifter punishment for those involve in kidnapping and most importantly government should create job for people and the police should be better funded”.
He urged parents most especially mothers to create more time with their wards because cultism is everywhere. “Mothers have more time than men, they should endeavor to check what their children are doing on their phone and know their friends.
“The most common case of arm robbery that we have in Lagos today is robbery in traffic, it is a crime of opportunity. If the road are good the cases of robbery in traffic will be reduce and am sure the government of today is doing everything possible to ensure that Lagos have free flow of traffic”.
He urged families to endeavor to develop a family code whereby they can communicate with their children in the presence of strangers.
A retired military officer and former Special Adviser on Security to the Nasarawa State Government, Brigadier General Muhammad Ibn Umar Adeka (rtd) said that if terrorism in Nigeria must be seen to an end, the Federal Government must go after its Sponsors and bring them to justice for several heinous crimes committed against humanity.
Adeka, who spoke on the topic; ‘Keeping the country safe from terrorism and banditry: issues and problem’, noted that if the Sponsors of terrorism are made to face the music, terrorists will run out of financial support to procure weapons and vehicles among other logistics.
According to him, there is a principle of war called interdiction. When you are fighting an enemy, you prevent the enemy from getting any form of support.
“Now, assuming you are seated here as the leader of this family. Then, a hoodlum or terrorist comes out with a rifle and you killed him, two more come out with two rifles, you killed them also, then, four come out with four rifles and you killed them. What will be your concern? Who is giving them the rifles?
“This is because you know these misguided youths don’t have money to buy rifles. They don’t know where it is bought. So, to stop this attack, you have to find out those sponsoring them with either the funds to buy the weapons or the gun dealers themselves. Those are the active sponsors of terrorism. They decide the target to be attacked.
“And the principle of terrorism is that you must separate the fish from water before you can catch it. If terrorists mix up with the populace, it will be hard to find them. So, you must separate the terrorists from the people.
The Chief Imam of Lekki Central Mosque, Sheikh Ridwan Jamiu said defending the health and well being of oneself from harm is an act strongly encouraged by Islam.
The Imam who stressed the importance and sanctity of life of human beings, called for stiffer penalties for perpetrators of banditry, armed robbery, rape, terrorism, and kidnapping.
He said life is meaningless without security of faith, intellect, property and family, adding that Shari’ah, the Islamic law, has the protection of the five as its objective.
“That is the pathway to realise our goal in life which is encapsulated in the Du’a ‘Rabbanaa ātinaa fid-duniya hasanatan wa fil-ākhirati hasanatan waqina adhāban nār”.
He noted that both mundane and spiritual goals would not be achieved in a state of insecurity.