Political scientists have blamed the endemic corruption and insecurity on bad governance by successive administrations in the country.
National Political Science Association of Nigeria (NPSAN) President, Prof Shuaib Ibrahim, said the President Muhammadu Buhari government rode to power, based on his promise to curb the menace.
He lamented that the promise has not ben fully fulfilled by his administration.
Ibrahim spoke at the Second National Conference of the Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN). The theme of the conference was: ‘State, governance and insecurity in Nigeria.’
He said: “If you have good governance in place, I am sure it will sustain and rejuvenate the system to correct such economic misplacements. The thinking has always been that we have had good intentioned governments, but in terms of the leadership and those that executive policies, we have not had them. It is obvious that when this government specifically came, it actually marshaled out its.
“The government came in with full blown acceptance and we had great expectations from this government. This has made it imperative for the government to sit down and look at those expectations of Nigerians and do a controlled experiment.
“You know very well that when people are traumatised security wise, hunger, in terms of increasing pauperisation of Nigerians set in, you start making a rethink whether we got it right. I think our expectations have not been met. It is not yet uhuru.”
Declaring the conference open, the Vice Chancellor of UNILORIN, Prof Abdulganiyu Ambali, who was represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Prof Sidikat Ijaya, said insecurity is currently the number one challenge in Nigeria.
Ambali added: “The conference will create opportunity for a robust discussion on the state of Nigeria. After practicing democracy since 1999 till datem, we need to ask ourselves serious question of why we find ourselves in the ditch today.
“When you talk about insecurity what readily comes to mind is Boko Haram, but then we have the Avengers. There are different types of insecurity in Nigeria. Other types of insecurity are starring all of us in the face. They include insecurity of the stomach; school feels insecurity of employment and acceptance fees.
“Honestly, we need to ask serious questions about the state of the nation. We need to ask ourselves who brought insecurity upon us? Of course, they are not outsiders they are Nigerians. We ought to think seriously about governance. Is governance about amassing wealth? Is governance about paraphernalia of office or about making life easier for the people we are leading?”
A professor of Political Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Ayo Dumoye, said: “Nigeria has a deficit of good governance. I lay the blame squarely on the feet of our leaders. Since independence governance has been negative. That is why we are here today; that is why we have insecurity, corruption, unemployment and recession. I want to say that when you have bad governance then you have insecurity.
“It is obvious that threat to national security in Nigeria cannot be reduced to military issue only. It has been suggested that human security in all its ramifications is very important. Economic insecurity, particularly poverty engendered by economic recession constitutes threat to national security. The state is expected to provide good governance through democratic, accountable and participatory political system.”
“It is when the state ensures good governance that security threat would be adequately tackled and insecurity will be curtailed if not outrightly eliminate it.”
In his paper entitled: Nigeria’s ‘to to’ democracy and the mounting crisis in nation-building,” professor of international relations, UNILORIN, Hassan Saliu attributed the retardation of Nigeria’s development to proliferation of many greenhorns politicians and their taste for expansive materials.
Prof Saliu added that “our attitude to politics needs to change; our current politicians are so challenged that on their own, they cannot bring about development in our country; diversification of the economy is more urgent now than ever before.
“We argue that the egregious level of impact that democracy has made, especially with its generation of more poverty people for Nigeria, is the root/accelerator of the nation-building crisis in Nigeria.”
Acting head of department, political science, Dr Abdulrasheed Muhammad said that there is series of complexities in Nigeria’s “governance environment that require attention from both the state and them citizens. This is the vacuum which this conference hopes to fill.”
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