Poor economy, bane of insecurity in Nigeria – Pat Utomi
A former Special Assistant to ex-President Shehu Shagari, Prof. Pat Utomi, has insisted that the poor economic fortunes of many Nigerians is what has led to the high rate of insecurity in the country as most of the perpetrators of violence and crisis are easily brainwashed into such acts.
In an interview he granted Thisday Newspaper, Prof. Utomi advised that the beginning of thinking insecurity is thinking a developmental state that aims to create a full employment economy.
“I believe that and looking at the security architecture in Nigeria one important thing to bear in mind is the state of the economy. The more we have unemployed people and the more we have a bad or poor education – as most people are certificated but they’re basically illiterate – the easier it is for people who have grievances to recruit people and brainwash them to become agents of disruption of normal order.
“The general state of anomie that seems to be overtaking us in Nigeria for me significantly is economy. Therefore, the beginning of thinking insecurity is thinking a developmental state that aims to create a full employment economy – people who are educated enough in civic matters to resist those who seek to use them to abuse the state,’ he said.