Nigerian professionals in the United Kingdom organise a public lecture to examine the state of security in their country
| By Vincent Nzemeke | May 6, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT
TERRORISM is one of the challenges presently bedevilling the Nigerian state. Like a scourge, it is eating deep into the foundations of the country and governments at various levels are having a hard time containing it. Since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999, there has been an upsurge in cases of terrorism, kidnapping, religious extremism and other crimes. Records show that more than 15,000 Nigerians and foreigners have been killed and many properties have been lost in various attacks in different parts of the country.
As government stakeholders continue to look for a way out of this dilemma, Nigerian professionals in the United Kingdom are also doing their best in the fight against terrorism. They are organising a public lecture to examine the state of security in Nigeria and proffer pragmatic solutions.
The public lecture which is billed to hold in London on May 4, will focus on issues such as counter terrorism guidance for religious leaders in Nigeria and how to develop emergency plans for citizens when there is an attack. Participants at the event will deliberate on the immediate and remote causes of terrorism and how security within the country can be improved. Discussants will also examine the sustainability of the proposed amnesty for members of Boko Haram and other insurgent groups in northern Nigeria by the federal government.
Expected speakers at the event include Dalhatu Tafida, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ade Aminu from the Inner City Guidance in London, Fola Kudehinbu, executive chairman of African Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise and Ebrima Chongan, a former assistant inspector general of Police.
The event will also be feature the launch of a book on the challenges of terrorism in Nigeria authored by Temitope Olodo, a preventive counter terrorism expert based in the United Kingdom.
Olodo has worked for the British government in many capacities. He worked in the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, OSCT, before resigning to become a security consultant. He was also a former Assistant Director in UK Border Agency and a Special Police Constable with Kent Police.