More Nigerians have been killed by terrorists and organised criminals under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led regime than in previous governments, according to All Progressives Congress senator representing Oyo Central, Teslim Folarin.
“There are more out-of-school children than ever before. There are more deaths from the terrorist attacks and organised crimes than the previous years,” he said.
The APC senator was speaking on “The Challenges of Governance and Security in Nigeria” at the 2021 lecture of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association in Ibadan.
The Senate committee chairman on local content, Mr Folarin, said daily media reports have shown that insecurity was rising in recent years.
“There are cases of avoidable clashes of herders and farmers over land as well as resources. There are agitations for political self-determination within the country. All these are facts but dangerously familiar,” Mr Folarin said.
According to him, where there are security challenges to the progress of the electorates, public infrastructure and resources, “governance will be held hostage.”
He said good governance was about the fulfilment of greater good for all, with the promise of opportunities for Nigerians, and that “the political and intellectual classes have the duty to create as well as to secure the best of opportunities for youths.”
The senator was honoured with the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for his qualitative representation, outstanding performance, commitment to excellence and exceptional contributions to community development.
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