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A former governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu, on Monday, July 9, revealed before a gathering that some of his colleagues and people in charge of security in the country hardly read reports warning of such incidents.
Aliyu advised governors and security chiefs to always read their intelligence reports to forestall further crisis in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Aliyu gave the advice at the opening ceremony of the 12th annual conference of Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP) held in Abuja.
The former governor said that most of the crisis happening, especially the Jos crisis was already predicted on social media adding that yet, the leaders were not proactive enough to curb the crisis.
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“A governor or any person in charge of security must always pre-empt by being proactive, read your intelligence reports, I understand that many people don’t.
“Most of the problems we are having, if I go by the newspaper reports, even the Jos crisis, intelligence report was written and we should have being aware.
“Three or four days to that crisis, that it was going to happen and you allow it to happen, and then judge yourselves," he said.
According to him, most of the security officers also have informant among those groups. He charged security chiefs to always be proactive, whether it is a rumour or not, to save the lives and property of citizens.
Aliyu said that every research and contributions from the conference must influence the environment positively, stating that every research is to help the society.
He, however, advised that every leader must always read and response to every security reports to prevent future attacks rather than saying it won’t happen.
On his part, Professor Ibrahim Njodi, vice-chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, said he refused to listen to the clamour by Nigerians that the university should be closed.
Njodi said that as professionals based on the fact that nobody knows when the security challenge would end, it won’t be a good decision to close the school.
According to him, closing the school will mean giving in to Boko Haram demands, that is against western education and university is the symbol of that education.
Njodi said that if the school was closed down, then it means the insurgency has won and the government would be looking for ways to reclaim the school.
He said there were so many hate speeches on religion and politics, stating that SPSP has a lot to do for people to see themselves as brothers and sisters.
Professor Suleiman Bogoro, chairman of the board of trustees of SPSP said that the institution was partnering with government, civil society, women and men of conscience to halt the daily threats of violent.
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According to him, the institute was ready to offer help to get the country out of daily fear of violent attacks and killings.
The report said that Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, Babangida Aliyu and 22 others were inducted as fellows of the institute.
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