By Jonathan Ugbal: Government House Correspondent
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has said that to tackle the issues of insecurity, the microscopic aspect of the society charged with the upbringing of the young ones; the family must be effective.
Ayade stated this while delivering his goodwill message at a public lecture on security organized by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris for the south south geopolitical zone in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital on Wednesday where he said insecurity in the country was occasioned by the failure of society which was caused by the failure of the family system.
He said the Government has also failed in providing food for the citizenry which has forced youths to look for alternative means to fending for themselves and led to the failure of the society.
He said that: “Indeed, the failure of society which is characterized by the failure of the most microscopic aspect of the society which is family has led to a decadence that has created a new atmosphere where there is a salacious miasma of our young ladies and women.
“But truly and sincerely, society has failed and in our morphological conscience, the sensitivity and the reality of times is that there is no way you can institute security with a hungry stomach.
“When a young man and woman out of school, has no job. The desperate nature which is the atomism of the human mind, you must desperately seek to survive.
“Society therefore must realise that there is physiognomy of poor at the level of our social lives and the family level owes society a duty because section 14 subsection 12 of our constitution is very explicit that the welfare and security of the people is the primary purpose of government.
“And when government, either at the level of state or federal has failed to provide a primary responsibility of food on the table you have failed.
“Today, the Nigeria universities release up to 10 million young people into society without job. That is why the president is saying we must all return to agriculture.
“The time for oil wells are over, we must return to agriculture.
“The truth is if we don’t and the way society goes, I fear that the state of cataclysm will come when you and I can no longer have the luxury of sitting like this.
“It is your failure, it is my failure, we must come together and make a difference.”
Earlier, Niger Delta affairs minister, Usani Usani said that Nigeria may soon lose nationhood if the trend of insecurity was not tackled.
IGP Idris in his welcome address had said that the lecture affords the Police the opportunity to engage the citizenry and sued for the support of all Nigerians.
The host Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel had called for more resource control as a panacea to tackling the security challenges in the Niger Delta region especially as it was the cash cow of the country.
Also, he commended the Police for its “spectacular performance” to secure lives and properties.
In a similar vein, Rivers State Governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike in his remarks said that the Police had the manpower and capacity to effectively police the country.
He called for the non politicization of the country’s Police force and alleged that the Governor’s only bear the title of Chief Security Officers in name.