At the ongoing national conference, the issue of insecurity was up for debate as Ogoni rights activist, Ledum Mitee pointed accusing fingers at Nigeria’s leaders for being behind the emergence of Boko Haram.
Tracing the cause of Boko Haram and other forms of arms struggle across the country, Mitee who is at the conference as a federal government delegate recalled how how promising Nigerians who were willing to acquire education were awarded scholarships, adding that there were jobs for graduates, contrary to the mass of unemployed graduates currently permeating the streets. The youths had to embrace other forms of survival out of frustration over the inability to get decent sources of livelihood.
He said this and several others gave birth to arms struggle and Boko Haram in the country.
“Beneath the clashes of arms we see across the country, there was a voice crying for justice. If we must move this country forward, we must address the issue of injustice. It is also possible that youths burning churches in the north have exhausted their patience,” he said.
Other delegates also recalled with nostalgia how the dreaded Boko Haram insurgent group was created by activities of the government at all levels.
Speaking on the issue, Professor Femi Mimiko, a delegate from Ondo state reminded delegates how Nigeria got to this current level, blaming the problems of the country on the structure of the government.
Professor Mimiko, a respected professor of political science and current vice chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akure, however took a lonely path when he advocated that the constitution should be amended to accommodate the carrying of arms by citizens, saying this is one of the ways to ensure that everyone is safe.
Source: Daily Sun Newspaper