The recent spates of insurgency, killings and kidnapping have been blamed on the inability of the government to tackle the root causes of the crises.
A Missioner of Ahmadiyya Society, Nigeria, Badagry Circuit, Lagos, Sheikh Muhammad Rabiu Uthman heaped the blame on government while delivering a keynote lecture at the 46th National Convention of the youth wing of the Society, Majlis Khuddam-Ul-Ahmadiyya, Nigeria (MKAN), held recently in Lagos.
Sheikh Uthman, who argued that no nation in the world fights crime and succeeds, identified prevention as the best fight against crime.
He said, “You don’t fight crime and succeed. It is easier to prevent crime than to fight crime. In doing so, you have to look at the causes of the crimes; to know why there is so much insecurity in the land.
“It has never been like this before, especially for the past 15 years or thereabouts. That’s why we need to look backwards and identify what actually led us into these crises.
The Ahmadi scholar, who berated the Nigerian government, said the insecurity challenges were occasioned by what he described as the failure of our leaders to live up to expectations and responsibilities to the people.
“Fundamentally, once leaders fail on their responsibilities, there is bound to be anarchy and insecurity as we are experiencing now in the country,” he said.
Noting that Nigeria is endowed with wealth, he said core problems of the nation are corruption and mismanagement of resources.
“Once we are able to block all the loopholes in this country, there will be more funds to take care of the youths. By the time we cater for the youths, the issues of insecurity would be a thing of the past.
“We have to establish a reduction in the way we waste the nation’s resources. There is so much going into the running of government than what goes into the capital projects that will impact positively on the lives of the people. The government needs to cut down the cost of governance so that money will be available to take care of other sectors.
He, however, called on the government to prioritise education in the insurgency-stricken parts of the country.
“When we educate these people, they will be liberated. There is a heavy presence of ignorance and abject poverty in the northeast of the country particularly.
The Missioner, while speaking on the topic, ‘Islam and Humanity’ also said the government needs to invest in some sectors of the economy which include the education, health sectors, youth empowerment and development.
“By the time government addresses all of these, the rate of unemployment will reduce drastically. But, if the government fails to do all these, even it doubles the number of the army and other forces we have on the country, it will never amount to anything, unless we address the root causes of all these problems, which also bothers on taking care of the needs of the people.
He added: “It’s not that the youths in the advanced countries such as America are godly than the youths we have here. It’s just that they are well catered for. There’s a working social security system. An unemployed youth who is a graduate is collecting a stipend from the government. How will such youth indulge in restiveness against the government?”
In his own address, the National Missioner of Ahmadiyya, Dr. Mashood Fashola noted that the theme of the convention, ‘Tabligh’, meaning, ‘Outreach’ was inspired by the tremendous challenges facing the current generation of youths.