BY CHARLES KUMOLU
LAGOS – CHAIRMAN of Northern Governor’s Forum, NGF, and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu has declared that Nigeria was not on the brink of collapse because of its current security challenges, noting that what the country was going through was a phase in its socio-political development.
He also called on the Federal Government to avoid addressing the insecurity across the country in reactionary ways, adding that security would be enhanced through an effective national leadership that will be committed to economic prosperity.
Aliyu said this yesterday in Lagos at a forum convened by the Obafemi Awolowo Institute of Government and Public Policy in commemoration of Nigeria’s 52 independence.
The governor, who spoke on the theme: The Search For National Security In Nigeria; Challenges and Prospects, called on the Federal Government to be more sophisticated and scientific in its battle against insecurity.
Governor Aliyu said: “We should be more sophisticated in managing our security challenges and avoid handling the issues in reactionary ways of adopting impulsive measures and strategies that fail to address the fundamental problems on a sustainable basis. We have national security challenges, it does not mean that Nigeria is on the brink of collapse, as being insinuated in some quarters.’’