By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Dr Aver Theophilous of Department of Sociology, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria has said the rising cases of insecurity involving advancement and sophistication in communication technology in the society made the relationship between communication and national security to call for attention.
He stated this during a one-day symposium on insecurity and national development in Nigeria organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria on Thursday.
While appealing for a concerted effort by key stakeholders to avert kidnapping, cultism, banditry and other forms of criminaliy in North Central geopolitical zone and Nigeria at large.
Dr Aver called on Federal Government to collaboration with National Assembly and non governmental organizations to strengthen legislation and control for the possession, use and transfer of small arms and light weapons in North Central Nigeria.
The University Don urged North Central Governors to emulate security outfits in the region like the Amotekun in the South West with a view to safeguarding their region.
Theophilus’ paper titled “A reflection of security implications of small arms and light weapons proliferation in North Central Nigeria,” said states government should key into the federal government’s community policing policy to set up their security outfits.
According to him, the security implication of small arms and light weapons proliferation was one of the greatest threats to human and resources the North Central Nigeria was confronted with in recent times.
Similarly, Dr Ibrahim Jimoh, Department of Mass Communication also called more efforts towards regularization of communication agencies in the country for effective communication and national security.
Jimoh made this known in a paper titled “Barrels to Button: the nexus between communication and national development in the 21 Century.”
He noted that the rising cases of insecurity alongside the evolving advancement and sophistication in communication technology in the society made the relationship between communication and national security to call for attention.
He said increase in crime rate such as armed robbery, kidnapping insurgency and other social vices some had blamed the communication technology for facilitating the insecure nature of the country.
He, however, said in an ideal situation, communication and media ought to be significantly utilise in ensuring security of the nation.
The Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Mr Musa Muri said the state command would study the presentations and recommendations made during the conference with a view to upgrade security in the state.
“I will call my management team to deliberate on the recommendations and takes the ones that are practicable now to start the implementations immediately,” he said.
The commissioner enjoin Nigerian to revert to the norms and values of Islam and Christianity for the country to be better, adding that no religion permits criminal activities.
On the quit notice issued to Fulani’s in some parts of the country, the commissioner said Nigerians they (Fulani’s) had the constitutional right to stay any where in the country.
In his remarks, Prof Kabir Bala, Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University said the symposium has highlited the need to re-strengthen collaborations between the university, security agencies and community at large to address insecurity.
He noted that the university has insecurity challenges in recent past and commended security agencies for supporting the institution.
Bala enjoined the university community to alert the security division or university management on any security situation to allow swift response.