No season lasts forever, we will overcome insecurity ― Dogara

• Says Nigeria not at dead end

The immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has expressed hope and optimism that Nigeria will soon overcome its security challenges.

He expressed the optimism on the premise that there is no nation on earth that has not been tried or tested as every one of them had experienced moments of national peril which was eventually overcome making such countries stronger in unity.

Delivering a keynote address at House of Justice Annual Summit held in Kaduna over the weekend on the theme: Leadership, Governance and National Security, Yakubu Dogara urged Nigerians not to rest on their oars until the country unravels.

According to him, “These security challenges, as deeply disconcerting as they are, they are not strange. There is no nation on earth that has not been tried or tested. Every one of them has come to moments of National peril. We can put an end to the moral vandalism that flows from all spots of bedlam across the face of the Nation”.

He also said that, “No season last forever, therefore this cup shall pass if we all do our bit, such as we are doing at this summit, in order to keep the promise of this great country alive. For us to leave this Nigeria, our country that we cherish and hold dear, to others to defend is not cowardice, it is apostasy to the Nigerian creed. For those who think Nigeria has arrived at a dead end, let us disappoint them by turning the end into a bend. We can do it!

He said that, “I need neither remind us that national security is a subject matter on the lips of all Nigerians now. I am further comforted by the recognition by House of Justice, in their thesis, that this insecurity challenge is surmountable, it’s enormity notwithstanding”.

He said that the post civil war security situation in Nigeria had been largely calm except for limited instances of Armed Robbery saying, “for about two decades now however, the security situation has become unhinged. Killing , maiming and the destruction of property have become commonplace daily occurrences” .

Yakubu Dogara said that, “These manifest in the form of the Boko Haram insurgency; Kidnaping , Militancy in the Niger Delta; the activities of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) secessionists in the South East, Banditry, Farmer – Herder clashes, Cattle Rustling, Ethno – Religious conflicts among others. These, each sufficiently vicious in its own right, have combined to compound the quagmire of insecurity that pervades Nigeria now”.

On the Boko Haram Insurgency, he said that, “Way back in 2009, this militant Islamists group had heightened its activities of violence in Borno State , North East Nigeria. Prior to the extra judicial killing of their leader, Mohammed Yusuf in 2009, their activities had not gained notoriety in intensity and scope” .

According to him, “This group is opposed to westernization and western values including western education. They are affiliated with renown terrorists groups like the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) and ISIS” .

He said that, “Statistics by the UN reveal that by 2020, their activities had led to over 350,000 deaths, over 7 million displaced and hundreds of villages and homes totally destroyed. Whereas Islamic fundamentalism may have been the origins of Boko Haram, debilitating poverty and high illiteracy levels in the region constitute the fuel that sustains the insurgency”.

Yakubu Dogara said that Government must continue to adopt deliberate policies to enhance the rapid development of the private sector by establishing industrial clusters and enhancing the agricultural value chain to put food on the table of citizens, create jobs, reduce unemployment and ensure even development.

“In closing, let me urge us not to rest on our oars until Nigeria, our dear country unravels. These security challenges, as deeply disconcerting as they are, they are not strange. There is no nation on earth that has not been tried or tested. Every one of them has come to moments of National peril”, he said.

The former Speaker stressed that, “We can put an end to the moral vandalism that flows from all spots of bedlam across the face of the Nation. No season last forever, therefore this cup shall pass if we all do our bit, such as we are doing at this summit, in order to keep the promise of this great country alive”.

“For us to leave this Nigeria, our country that we cherish and hold dear, to others to defend is not cowardice, it is apostasy to the Nigerian creed. For those who think Nigeria has arrived at a dead end, let us disappoint them by turning the end into a bend. We can do it!” he declared.

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