Sanwo-Olu raises alarm over level of insecurity in Nigeria

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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says the level of insecurity in Nigeria calls for serious concern.

According to a state government statement, the governor spoke Tuesday during a Stakeholders’ Engagement on Internal Security and Conflict Resolution held in Lagos.

The Federal Ministry of Interior organised the parley to strengthen peace across the nation in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests that degenerated into violence in many states.

The governor said that the widespread destruction that trailed last month’s protests was a wake-up call to all Nigerians and the security agencies.

Stakeholders at the meeting
Stakeholders at the meeting

Sanwo-Olu harped on the need to embrace an effective strategy for peaceful resolution of conflict to avoid a recurrence.

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“The level of insecurity being experienced across the nation calls for serious concern, considering its implication not only on the socio-economic development and prosperity of our people but also on the unity and territorial integrity of our nation.

“The importance of an effective strategy for peaceful resolution of conflict cannot be overemphasised.

“That incident through which extensive damage was wrecked on public infrastructure and private businesses, is a wakeup call to all well-meaning individuals and organisations that we cannot afford to allow external forces or factors threaten or undermine our wellbeing and security.

“We have to reignite the communication link between government and the people so that fifth columnists or conspiracy theorists will not be able to infiltrate and spread disinformation and misinformation that would jeopardise the future of our country or the opportunities available for our youths to contribute to the greatness of our country,” the statement quoted Sanwo-Olu to have said.


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