By Emma Una
CALABAR— POFESSOR Akon Esu, a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calabar, Cross River State, has identified injustice, corruption and poverty as the major forces responsible for the insecurity ravaging several parts of Nigeria.
Professor Akon, who is the President, Institute for Universal Harmony, spoke at the inauguration of the board of director and fellowship members of the Institute in Calabar, weekend. He noted that several parts of the county were being ravaged by militancy, insurgency and cultism perpetrated mostly by youths who feel rejected and sidelined following failure of government at all tiers to address their needs.
She said: “Conflict and rancour are ravaging several parts of this country, including Cross River State, and perpetrated by youths who are the future leaders of this country but feel left out and sidelined by government which is supposed to address their needs, rather what they experience daily is injustice, corruption and poverty carried out by those in authority which are the reasons they are taking to violence.”
She said that the Institute for Universal Harmony was initiated as a platform to address conflicts and crises amongst aggrieved communities, persons, and countries through dialogue in order to restore love in the society and enhance peaceful co-existence among diverse people.
“Crises and conflicts have brought phenomenal consequences upon many parts of this country and indeed the world and until men of goodwill undertake the mission of delivering quality training to residents of various communities on the benefits of harmonious existence, peace will continue to elude the world,” Esu stated.
According to her, people need to supplement traditional knowledge of communal existence with life changing modern ideas of global technological ideas which include advancing prosperity and development so that the future would be peaceful and harmonious in all parts of the world.
She said through advocacy, the Institute will reach out to communities, local government and state and opinion leaders on the need to eschew, injustice, corrupt tendencies and oppression of the less privileged so that people will not be provoked to acts of violence in the country.
“We shall through advocacy undertake vigorous education and enlightenment of people of all categories on the need to do away with corruption, injustice and oppression so that those who feel aggrieved by their actions would have a change of heart and live in harmony with others.”