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Olalekan Jackson-Ojo is a safety professional, and licensed golden member of worldwide safety affiliation Switzerland, a fellow of the Worldwide Institute of Skilled Safety in Nigeria, member of Worldwide Occupation Officers Florida USA, and an award winner, excellent safety persona of the yr 2016, 2017 and 2018 and lots of others.
On this interview with DAILY POST, he analysed the foremost points undermining the safety in Nigeria and the answer. EXCERPTS:

Being a safety professional, how are you going to describe the current stage insecurity within the nation?
The deaf can hear, the blind can see, the lame can run a pace now due to the safety scenario in Nigeria. The safety scenario in Nigeria is what has collapsed already. Simply on Wednesday, it was on the information {that a} faculty was raided by some gunmen in Niger State. Kids had been kidnapped on a number of taxes.

It has been taking place like that. When the lives of Nigerians of tomorrow are now not protected in a college, that’s to say, that we try to break down the way forward for this nation. When there’s no one to take the a part of management tomorrow, due to lack of safety affecting the mentality of the youngsters, that’s traumatizing them in opposition to training, so what are they speaking about?
Within the final two years, about 200 individuals have been killed in Delta State, they’ve kidnapped greater than 2000 individuals that their vacation spot is unknown now.

This has been taking place in Zamfara State, Sokoto State, Kaduna State, Katsina State, Benue State and has been taking place in some Yoruba land. So, when it began from the northeast, it carried its ugly head to the northwest and the north-central, from the north-central to the south of the east, south of the south and now south of the west, which has been essentially the most peaceable, secured, handy and cozy place to remain in Nigeria earlier than, however it’s not like that once more.

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How can the Federal Authorities go about fixing the insecurity points?
Individuals like us have advised that there have to be safety submit that can encompass safety specialists, conventional rulers, retired and serving police and army officers, retired administrators of the SSS, NIA, however no one is listening to this. And when the safety of a nation collapses, the social-political, social-economic, non secular a part of that nation will collapse. With out safety, nothing works. Nigeria at this time is at risk, with the extent of issues, there are nonetheless quite a lot of indicators, however no one is considering of a approach out.

In my safety coaching, each at dwelling and overseas – my safety exposures, the difficulty of safety will not be performed within the pages of the newspaper, it’s not performed on the radio, it’s not performed on TV. The enemies are within the line of monitoring the information, So by the point you might be offering options, it’s like you might be releasing your secrets and techniques into the palms of your enemies. Then they may destabilize you and demobilize you.

Why do you suppose a few of the options within the dailies by the specialists is not going to work?
For me, one of the simplest ways is for a clandestine safety summit, that even the federal government will be unable to announce it to the general public. They are going to simply get the contact of these folks they need to invite for the summit and they’d be assembly clandestinely. On the finish of the day, they might submit their paper to the federal government, then the Nationwide safety adviser and the safety chiefs, what I meant by safety chiefs is the director of SSS, director-general of PIA, NIA.

They are going to do a severe research and advise the President. And you understand by the point you announce it to the general public, the political class will hijack it and can sponsor their eavesdroppers to affix. Earlier than the holistic research, when suggestions are made to the President, these different individuals are already utilizing it to deflate the tire of the automobile of safety progress.

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What’s your view on the current remark of the governor of Bauchi state Alhaji Mohammed saying Fulani herdsmen to defend themselves by carrying AK47?

Mohammed opened his mouth and I see it as a cancerous mouth, to say that the Fulani herdsmen have the correct to hold AK47. Meaning this man doesn’t know the customized of Nigeria. AK47 is permitted to be carried by authorities safety forces solely; it’s not registered that any particular person, irrespective of who you might be in Nigeria, to hold AK47. It isn’t a smooth weapon, however a classy one. It’s in opposition to the regulation and as a matter of truth, anybody carrying AK47 when he’s not a authorities safety official needs to be arrested and prosecuted instantly, as a result of she or he is a legal.

It isn’t one thing you possibly can simply go to the market and purchase, it’s not what Inspector Basic of Police can register for you. All these weapons will not be for private safety. Even a army common can not carry an AK47 when he’s not on official responsibility, the chief of military employees can not parade an AK47.
If Mohammed is attempting to enact a brand new regulation that allows Fulani herdsmen to hold AK47, then the farmers in Imesi Ile, in Osun State must also carry AK47 for self-defence in opposition to the Fulani herdsmen and Okada Riders have the identical proper to parade with AK47 in opposition to armed robbers, each faculty trainer in opposition to the hoodlums which can be coming to kidnap their college students. That’s going to have an effect on nationwide safety additional as a result of it’s an encouragement now for the Fulani herdsmen to even do worse.

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What’s your response to eviction discover by the Sunday Igboho and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu?
When the folks cease having confidence within the state, they may take to self-defence as a result of the regulation turns into lame, inactive.
When herdsmen proceed to rape, kill, kidnap and accumulate the ransom and nonetheless kill, and no authorities is displaying a excessive stage of no concern. To me, many different Sunday Igboho will nonetheless come up if this angle of those folks continues. So the federal government ought to present duty.

On this authorities, each good factor in authorities is designed for a bit of a rustic, it’s pretty much as good as nepotism. Allow us to take EFCC as a case research, when Obasanjo appointed Nuru Ribadu, it was purely based mostly on advantage after which Obasanjo is a Yoruba man.
What’s your common message to Nigerians on safety?
Safety, they used to say, is a enterprise of everyone, with the extent of insecurity we face within the nation at this time, if we enable it to manage our feelings then we are going to act wrongly. However at this stage, it is rather manageable, I need to urge all Nigerian to be law-abiding in peace, they need to not take the regulation into their palms, that’s the solely approach that may assist us.

Allow us to be brothers and sisters, allow us to stay collectively in peace and unity. If the federal government fails us, we should not fail ourselves, that’s my good recommendation for everyone throughout the nation.

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