‘Nigeria needs foreign support to end insurgency’
Director, Centre for Democratic Development Research and Training, Professor Abubakar Siddique Mohammad has advocated intervention of foreign government to end insurgency in Nigeria.
While the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, lecturer lauded the efforts of the Nigerian forces to nip the excesses of the terrorists in the bud, he said the strength of the nation’s military alone is not enough to overwhelm the enemies.
He worried that unless the government took decisive action to restore peace in the land, it could be difficult to conduct next year general election.
Professor Abubakar made the remark on Monday in Kano at the 72nd anniversary of the Northern Element Progressive Union (NEPU) organized by Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Studies, Mumbayya House, Bayero University, Kano.
He sighted a series of insurgency attacks and areas in the country where the terrorists are presently occupying to perpetrate their dastardly act, declaring that unless the federal government steps up their games, the country may be overwhelmed.
In his paper titled Party Politics and Electoral Violence in Nigeria, Professor Abubakar traced how political violence was institutionalized by the colonial masters in the nation’s polity in order to suppress the opposition to the western rule.
The speaker regretted that the remnant of the confrontation waged against the western opposition has now degenerated into large-scale political violence being orchestrated by political elites.
According to him, the politicians have taken advantage of misguided elements to foment violence during elections to rig the electoral process.
On his party, the Vice Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano, Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas believed the challenges bedeviling political parties in Nigeria include a dearth of ideology and articulated programmes.
Represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, Professor Sani Mohammad Gumel, the VC stressed that political parties in Nigeria have neglected their primary responsibility to the nomination of candidates and are more interested in money bags.
He urged electorates to rather demand governance and credible representation from politicians and shun electoral violence ahead of next year’s general election.
The VC said the topic was carefully selected to raise the consciousness of electorates on their right and responsibility during the election. He cautioned Nigerian youths not to surrender themselves as instruments of violence.