Some concerned Nigerians have implored the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, address the nation’s security problems in order to stem the worsening insecurity, violence and criminalities in the country,
The concerned Nigerians, who participated in the second edition of ‘Journalists Hang Out’, organised by the Ibadan Media, in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), Oyo State chapter, warned that Nigeria is fastly drifting into a state of anarchy.
The participants, which comprised of the Special Adviser to the Oyo State Governor on Security Matters, Rtd CP Fatai Owoseni and Media Executives from NTA Ibadan, Splash FM, Fresh FM and the Nigerian Tribune newspaper, noted that the nation’s security apparatus are overwhelmed by insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, ritual killings and other forms of violence and serious crimes ravaging the nation.
The speakers, who noted that there is no workable policy for security maintenance in the country, called for a review of the country’s Constitution to allow for community policing and re-energize the security system in the nation.
They stressed that security issues should be the concern of all, hence the need for all members of society to work together to tackle the security challenges facing them.
In his remarks, Rtd CP Owoseni, charged the media to avoiding sensationalism but rather be factual and objective while reporting crimes and security-related events.
In his opening speech, the Convener of 2021 Journalists Hang-Out, Olalekan Olanrewaju-Ola, explained that the rationale behind the choice of the theme of the summit’s 2021 edition: ‘Tackling Security Challenges in Nigeria: The Role of the Media – Oyo State in focus’, was to allow the media and other stakeholders proffer lasting solutions to problems of insecurity bedeviling Nigeria.
The summit, attended by media practitioners and other professionals, featured award presentations to distinguished personalities who had contributed immensely to the development of Oyo State.