By Shekara Anthony
The state Director National Orientation Agency in Adamawa State, Mallam Salisu Yakabu says insecurity as currently being experienced in Nigeria is a threat to national development.
The state Director stated this at a one day Sensitization And Reorientation Programme Against Political Thuggery, Kidnapping, Drug Addiction, Radicalization And Violent Extremism organized by the National Orientation Agency in Yola.
The State Director National Orientation Agency in Adamawa State, Mallam Salisu Yakubu, said insecurity has not only stagnated economic growth of Nigeria but has also exposed the people to untold hardship, describing violent extremism as not only alarming but worrisome.
He called on all stakeholders to be mindful of the high level of drug abuse in the society which he identified as the root cause of crimes and social Vices bedeviling the country.
Mallam Yakubu, explained that it is important that discussions on insecurity should be placed on the front burner of all discussions among all stakeholders in the country, stating what he hoped the sensitization campaign will achieve in the society.
In his welcome address, the chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Usman Ahmed Dada, pointed out that insecurity has succeeded in driving away investors which has consequently affected virtually all areas of human endeavors, calling on the participants and all relevant organisations and agencies to use the opportunity of the sensitization campaign to proffer lasting solutions to security challenges confronting Nigeria.
In his goodwill message, the District Head of Yola and Cika Soron Adamawa, Alhaji Mohammed Ahmed Mustapha expressed worry that parents have failed in their responsibility of parenthood which he said has resulted to crimes, social vices and moral decadence generally.
Also in his goodwill message, the commander of Narcotics, Wilson Akpofure who represented the State commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, in Adamawa state, Femi Agboala Samson, further confirmed that drug abuse is mostly connected to criminal activities and should be taken with all seriousness if the fight against insecurity must be won.
In their paper presentations, an Associate Professor of Environmental Resource Management, at the Modibbo Adama University, Yola, Bashir Abubakar Bashir and an ICPC official, Benjamin Frances, urged the government and all institutions in the country to contribute their quotas in changing the narrative on drug abuse and insecurity as well as corruption in the country.
The sensitization workshop also attracted representatives from the Nigerian Police,Army, NSCDC, Immigration, Nigeria Correctional service, SSS, Vigilantes among others.