…Says Nigeria facing toxic challenges

From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja

The Provost of the National Defence College (NDC), Abuja, Professor Adam Okene Ahmed, has said that hunger is part of human in all epochs, but the current Nigeria’s variant is weaponised and politicized.

This was even as Ahmed said Nigeria, the giant of Africa, is facing toxic challenges that manifest themselves in kidnapping, banditry, unprovoked massive killings, terrorism, insurgencies, piracy, human trafficking and sleaze-bag.

Ahmed stated this while delivering a  lecture titled ‘Ramadhan: Coping with the Current Challenges’ organised by the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society in Abuja.

Represented by Dr Ismail Zakeri,  a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Research and Strategies, NDC, Ahmed noted that the world is literally in turmoil.

Ahmed also said the quagmires were huge and diverse such as social, political and economic.

Ahmed further said COVID-19 pandemic and its attended socio- material consequences, the Saudi Arabia led military coalition against Yemen, the Russia- Ukraine war and the bloody and genocidal massacres of Palestinian children and women by the state of Israeli, the caravanistic migration from African countries into Europe were few of the global crises and their challenges into the various corners of the world.

He added that apart from few countries, the continent of Africa is almost a failure when one considered banditry and terrorism in the Sahel region that is trying to swallow nations of Africa.

Ahmed stated that famine, drought, scarcity of food, coup d’états, leadership failures were noticeable in most African countries.

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Ahmed further said Nigeria, the largest populated African nation and of course, the giant of the African continent, is facing toxic challenges that manifest themselves in kidnapping, banditry, unprovoked massive killings, terrorism, insurgencies, piracy, human trafficking and sleaze-bag.

“But these are ‘seriously demented’ in the face of strange but curious high level of ravaging hunger in the midst of available plenty foodstuff, leadership ineptitude, greed and avarice in all tiers of governance. So serious and acute are these vices that they are in cornubative challenges of the socio- economic and administrative systems of the country. Hunger is part of human in all epochs, but the current Nigeria’s variant is weaponised and politicized,” Ahmed stated.

Ahmed also said that so traumatizing are the myriads of problem, which they evoke the nostalgic historical past of the people and the country.

According to Ahmed, “Nigeria was a country of plenty, boozing and excesses. It has Udoji when it did not know how to spend its excess wealth and materiality. It imported all it needed in both desires, wants and greeds.”

Ahmed added that the peoples and the country’s problems were complex and in myriad.

“Terrorism, kidnapping and all the vices outlines above are further underlined and accentuated by the microcosm malaises with deeper root from the family set up. Yahoo- yahoo, LGBT+, Social media (fake news & the likes), Domestic prostitution, Usury and Interest based family means and livelihood, Domestic violence. These are deeply insidious and more dangerous to the society than for example, terrorism because the latter and kidnapping have their roots from the collapse of the fibre, virtues and morals of the family set up and nucleus; a case where under- aged lure their neighbor’s daughter in to the bush for ransom and where co- wives are lesbians (and in some cases with their mothers) are mind boggling. One is least surprise therefore that students in lower and higher Institutions are involved in cultism and ritualism. These are serious challenges that must be taken head- long.

“The month of Ramadhan is here to redress all these for us as individuals (after all individuality make up sociality) and ofcourse, as a nation.  With its blessing which encapsulates sacrifices, forgiveness, discipline, forbearing, perseverance, selflessness, penitence and human brotherhood and global  comradeship, Ramadhan if adhered, imbibed and applicated upon in the singular and plural forms, has the potentialities to redress our singular malaises and national quagmires as partly listed above,” Ahmed noted.

In his remarks, the National Chief Imam of Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society, Imam Fuad Adeyemi, appealed for financial assistance for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.

Adeyemi told the audience that the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to raise the sum of N1billion between now and June for the Internally Displaced Persons in the country.

Adeyemi assured that from all indications, in the next two months, the funds will be realized.