Stakeholders at 11th annual Zik’s annual lecture series held at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State capital, have identified leadership failure and bad governance as the bedrock of insecurity in the country.
The stakeholders, who included Retired Air Commodore Ibitu Ukiwe, the de facto Vice President to General Ibrahim Babaginda; a human right lawyer, Mike Ozekhome; Vice Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; and Senator Ndi-Obi, however, believed that the 2023 general elections provides opportunities to address the challenges.
Ozekhome, while presenting a lecture entitled Nigeria in the throes of insecurity towards 2023: any panacea, said that Nigeria could make meaningful impact through devolution of powers, people driven and authochonous constitution subjected to the people’s referendum.
On his part, Okowa, who was Chairman of the occasion, stressed that equality and equitable distribution of wealth between the poor and the rich would help address the security challenges.
Also speaking, the Governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, represented by his Deputy, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, charged political leaders to emulate the celebrant, late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, who according to him, was committed to Nigeria unity, peace and progress.
To Ibitu Ukiwe, Nigeria is in trouble, the students and educational institutions were needed in this period for brainstorming and proffering lasting solutions to the challenges.
The benefactor, Nnamdi Azikiwe’s annual lecture, Senator Ben Ndi-Obi, urged Nigeria government to find ways of immortalising the Zik of Africa and to pay the university lecturers their full time salaries.
Earlier, the host and Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Charles Esimone, disclosed that security challenges constitute a veritable threat to the conduct of the 2023 general elections.