THE Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, has said the security agencies and the political class were not doing enough to curb the insecurity in the country.
He blamed the lack of intelligence for the failure of the security forces to arrest the deteriorating security situation.
Na’Allah made the remarks, while speaking at a symposium with the theme, ‘Kinetic and non-kinetic application in the fight against insecurity in Nigeria.’
It was organised to mark the inauguration of the University’s Centre for Security and Legal Studies, in Abuja on Tuesday.
Na’Allah said, “The lapse on the part of key players to avert abductions or destruction of lives and property by criminal elements is a disgrace to the country and the academia.”
The VC stressed that the university could not be absolved of blame, given its failure to explore research and collaboration with security agencies to proffer workable solutions to end insurgency, banditry, kidnappings and other crimes.
He said, “We have a lot of lessons to learn, we have a lot of work to do. We must sit down in our laboratories to think through the current challenges we have in our nation and figure out how Nigerians can go about their businesses without fear.
“We can’t mobilise intelligence to know what is going to happen the next hour; it is a total failure. How can we have a nation where today it is bombing, tomorrow it is another crisis?
“The birth of this centre is a challenge this university is throwing to all our military institutions and civilian institutions that we must come together to get through this war of the 21st century.”
The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, who was represented by his Security Adviser, Navy Commander Jerry Omodara, (retd.), said the emerging trend reinforced the need to deploy kinetic and non- kinetic approach in achieving the desired results.
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Source: Security agencies lack intelligence, can’t arrest insecurity – VC