Monday, 26 June 2017

Osinbajo rues increasing tribal agitations

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By Gabriel Alonta, Praise Necherem

The acting vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has blamed the increasing cases of agitation across the country on the failure of the state to deliver on the basic needs of the people, forcing her citizenry to seek for relief in their respective tribal and religious groups as a viable option.

He said the political elites failed the people through massive embezzlement of funds meant for their social welfare.

Speaking during the 50th conference of the Nigeria Association of Law Teachers on the theme: “Law, Security amd National Development” held at the auditorium of the Nnamdi Azikiwe university, Awka, Osinbajo said most of the security problems confronting the nation are self inflicted by corrupt practices, injustices, among others.

He expressed worry if the legal system of the country can survive and serve its purpose without serious and incisive reconsideration, insisting that it is the duty of the three arms of government to provide the enabling environment for the quality of life expected by the people.

“The Boko Haram in the north east, militants in the Niger Delta and farmer/herdsmen clashes were all as a result of poverty. A lot of these agitations centered around the alleged failure of the state to create an inclusive society, a failure to guarantee the security of lives and property by the agencies charged with the responsibility, and to build trust around the rule of law and justice system of administration.

Besides, the constant agitation for share of national resources, is a product of individual-elite- deprivation, taken up by ethnic nationalities and socio-cultural groups. Each group views the other with suspicion when it comes to matters of resources, and government appointments.

As it is at the Federal level, so it is at the State level. In my state for example, the Egba and Ijebus in Ogun State are constantly arguing over who is getting a better deal in government appointments or infrastructural development, he added.

He stated that the right to a decent existence, to education, healthcare or jobs must not depend on how loudly any ethnic or religious group agitates but rather the rights as a citizen of Nigeria.

He said lack of provision of basic needs of lives to the largest number of people remained the greatest source of tension in the polity, adding that it is the level of unemployment that makes the Nigerian youth vulnerable to be recruited by kidnappers, anti-social agitators and violence of any sort.

Osinbajo who hinted that he started teaching in the year 1981, described law teachers as custodians and creators of the underlying concept and foundation premises of law, who are entrusted with the power of delivering justice and adjudicating same.

“We are the thinkers for our system of justice. We have often contested to usefulness of law to the society”.

He said the forum offers the teachers opportunity to interact on the fundamental issues and ideas that bind them together to step back and rethink in order to come back with more solutions and innovation about the process.

In his opening remark, the Chief Justice of Nigeria Hon. W. S. N. Onnoghen represented by the Justice of the Supreme Court, Hon. Augie Amina, noted that the law has a huge role to play in achieving the highest level of security for individuals in Nigeria and in the development of the nation as a whole, adding that there is need to examine the efficacy of the existing law and the efficiency of their implementation.

He further said that national security offers the basis for growth and economic prosperity to the individual, group and state, saying that a secured environment engenders long time planning and projections.

In his address, the key note speaker, Prof. Godwin Owoh who spoke on ‘Sustaining Nigeria’s economy for growth, security and development’, said that whatever the prescription of the conference would be, there is need to ensure sustainability of the outcome so that the future generation can maximise its benefits.

He decried neglect by most economies to trend business cycles nor make efforts to properly diagnose structural abnormalities, adding the price of the neglect is huge on economic sustainability, growth, security and development.

Earlier, the Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, expressed worry over the rate at which the criminals were granted bail by lawyers, an ugly trend he said had cost his administration so much money and resources.

He called on the conferees to take advantage of the conference to proffer lasting solution to the ugly trend.



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