- Prof Yahya Imam has advised the federal government to take a bold step in tackling insecurity in Nigeria
- The lecturer made the assertions while delivering the 28th Ramadan lecture of the University of Ibadan Muslim community
- According to him, Nigeria's worsening security and other vices have been attributed to the lack of deterrence for those who indulge in them
A don and research manager at the University of Ilorin, Professor Yahya Imam, has urged the federal government to adopt punitive measures in handling Nigeria's crimes to curb the rising menace of insecurity and crimes in the country.
Speaking at the 28th edition of the Ramadan lecture organised by the University of Ibadan Muslim community, Prof Imam stated that the Nigerian leaders have a lot to learn from Islam with respect to curbing crimes and social vices.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that he highlighted the threats to security in Nigeria to the proliferation of arms and ammunition, porous borders, religious fanaticism, unemployment, ethnic violence and people's distrust in the government.
Professor Imam also emphasised that corruption and corrupt practices and the absence of punitive measures to curb corrupt practices as the bane of Nigeria's predicament.
According to him, the consequences of all these insecurity indices have enormous negative impacts on Nigeria.
He contended that measures so far taken to curtail insecurity have been multi-dimensional because of the complexity of the nature, process and consequences of insecurity.
Professor Imam maintained that betrayal, and corruption, both which are condemnable acts in Islam, are the causes of border porosity, adding that these can be addressed by instilling good ethics in the officials in charge.
He suggested that fanaticism as a cause of insecurity can be addressed through enlightenment and education which occupy a prime place in the Qur'an and Hadith.
The lecturer advocated that all Nigerians irrespective of their religions, tribes and other criteria should see one other as one and fight in unison against insecurity and other vices.
He buttressed his points by quoting the prophetic saying that whoever calls for tribalism, dies in the cause of tribalism or kills for tribalism is an outcast.
The professor said:
"Nigerians should see themselves as brothers and sisters from the same ancestor (Adam) and that division into tribes and nations referred to in the Qur'an is for the purpose of knowing each one another and not to despise each other."
Earlier in his address, the chairman of the 1442 (2021) Ramadan lecture, Professor Musbaudeen Babatunde noted that inculcation of Islamic tenets in the youth and empowerment would help checkmate restiveness among the youth.
Professor Babatunde, who is the special adviser to Oyo state governor on economic matters, hinted that nepotism has allowed criminality to go unchecked in the country.
Lending credence to the lecturer's argument on the causes of insecurity, the chairman of the Ibadan Muslim community, Chief Bayo Oyero, blamed the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria on the lack of good governance.
The UIMC Ramadhan lecture which was held amid physical distancing and supported by virtual participation was attended by the president of the UI Muslim community, Professor Muslihudeen Onilude the vice-chairman, Professor Sulaiman Yusuf and the chief Imam of University of Ibadan central mosque, Professor Oloyede Abdurrahman.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Niger governor, Abubakar Bello, disclosed that Boko Haram members were responsible for the attacks on communities in the state.
It was reported that the governor said that the Boko Haram elements had taken over Kaure axis in Shiroro local government area in the state.