Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has urged residents in the state to remain vigilant and united in the resolve to prevent infiltration of extremists into their communities.
The Governor, who was represented by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, spoke while declaring open the 39th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society of International Law, with the theme ‘International Law and Extremism’.
“A theme of this nature is very imperative especially in this critical period of our dear country, Nigeria when we, like many other countries are at the receiving end of acts of extremism in its various forms. Extremism breeds insecurity and uncertainty under which no meaningful development can take place,” the governor said.
He said the effect of insurgency is particularly exemplified by the devastation which the North Eastern part of the country has witnessed. The situation has led to the displacement of more than a million persons.
However, Governor Ambode expressed optimism that the commitment demonstrated so far by President Muhammadu Buhari, the support of the international community and most importantly the renewed determination of our armed forces have rekindled hope that the defeat of Boko Haram is imminent.
He congratulated the Society for another successful event, saying: “I have no doubt that this conference will offer useful insight into the various dimension and the effect of extremism on the society as well as proffering pragmatic solution to the problem being posed by the act of extremists”.