TETFund boss, others bag ISSS security personality awards

EXECUTIVE Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Professor Suleiman Bogoro, has been inducted and honoured with the security personality fellowship award of the Institute of Security and Strategic Studies (ISSS), Abuja.

Bogoro was inducted at the first annual lecture\fellowship night and third investiture ceremony of the institute in Abuja, with the theme “Our National Security Predicament: Implication for the Current Democratic Order.”

Other fellows inducted at the ceremony were the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello; former governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji; postmaster general of Nigeria, Dr Ismail Adewusi; director sergeant at-arms, National Assembly, Air Commodore Sani Zakari, among others.

Speaking at the event, the secretary, Governing Council of the institute, Honourable Danladi Abdulhameed, stressed the importance of national security against all forms of threats including, war, terrorism or espionage.

Abdulhameed said 22 years after Nigeria’s uninterrupted democracy, several challenges have continued to besiege its democratic system, chief of it being insecurity which has claimed the lives and livelihoods of civilians, foreigners, security personnel and threatened the socio-economic and political stability of the country.

He stated that in 2020, the Global Terrorism Index listed Nigeria as the third most terrorised country in the world after Afghanistan and Iraq, adding that the classification is due to the fact that Nigeria has been in a state of war following the activities of the terrorist groups including, Boko Haram, Fulani extremists, farmers/herdsmen’s clashes, bandits and kidnappers.

“The continued state of insecurity has threatened the existence of our national integration and created the ecology of fear, distrust and anxiety,” he said, adding that the call for national security is a collective one.

In a lecture titled “Beauty and Dangers of Democracy,” former director general of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Professor Danfulani Ahmed, condemned the arrogance of majority syndrome, political terrorism and other vices bedevilling the country’s democracy.

Ahmed stressed that the duty of national security is so important that it should not be relegated to the background, adding that national security includes structures, economy, socio-political and religious aspects and given this situation, it cannot be considered without relating with the most important factors.

 

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