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Olalekan Jackson-Ojo is a safety professional, and authorized golden member of worldwide safety affiliation Switzerland, a fellow of the Worldwide Institute of Skilled Safety in Nigeria, member of Worldwide Career Officers Florida USA, and an award winner, excellent safety persona of the 12 months 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 will you describe the current stage insecurity within the nation?
The deaf can hear, the blind can see, the lame can run a velocity now due to the safety state of affairs in Nigeria. The safety state of affairs 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. Youngsters have been kidnapped on a number of taxes.

It has been taking place like that. When the lives of Nigerians of tomorrow are not protected in a faculty, that’s to say, that we try to break down the way forward for this nation. When there’s no person to take the a part of management tomorrow, due to lack of safety affecting the mentality of the kids, 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 probably the most peaceable, secured, handy and comfy place to remain in Nigeria earlier than, however it isn’t like that once more.

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How can the Federal Authorities go about fixing the insecurity points?
Individuals like us have instructed that there should be safety submit that may encompass safety consultants, conventional rulers, retired and serving police and navy officers, retired administrators of the SSS, NIA, however no person 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 as we speak is in peril, with the extent of issues, there are nonetheless numerous indicators, however no person is considering of a approach out.

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

Why do you assume a number of the solutions within the dailies by the consultants won’t work?
For me, the easiest way is for a clandestine safety summit, that even the federal government won’t be able to announce it to the general public. They are going to simply get the contact of these individuals they need to invite for the summit and they might be assembly clandestinely. On the finish of the day, they’d 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 critical 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 car of safety progress.

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What’s your view on the latest 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 fitting 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 isn’t registered that any particular person, regardless of who you’re in Nigeria, to hold AK47. It isn’t a smooth weapon, however a complicated one. It’s in opposition to the regulation and as a matter of truth, anybody carrying AK47 when he isn’t a authorities safety official ought to be arrested and prosecuted instantly, as a result of she or he is a felony.

It isn’t one thing you possibly can simply go to the market and purchase, it isn’t what Inspector Normal of Police can register for you. All these weapons are usually not for private safety. Even a navy basic can’t carry an AK47 when he isn’t on official obligation, the chief of military workers can’t 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 individuals 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 perspective of those individuals continues. So the federal government ought to present duty.

On this authorities, each good factor in authorities is designed for a piece 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 basic message to Nigerians on safety?
Safety, they used to say, is a enterprise of all people, with the extent of insecurity we face within the nation as we speak, if we enable it to regulate our feelings then we are going to act wrongly. However at this stage, it is extremely manageable, I need to urge all Nigerian to be law-abiding in peace, they need to not take the regulation into their fingers, that’s the solely approach that may assist us.

Allow us to be brothers and sisters, allow us to reside 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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