A lecturer at Bayero University, Kano, Dr Abubakar Danlami Alhassan, says the only way to contain the current insecurity in Nigeria if for the federal government to curtail proliferation of arms and illicit drugs in the country.
He spoke in Yola, Adamawa State, during a two-day media workshop on humanitarian reporting, jointly organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Nigerian Red Cross Society.
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Alhassan said apart from extreme ideologies, illicit drugs and lethal arms are motivating the nation’s youths to violent crimes and terrorism.
“I’m not saying it is the main or major cause of violence, but I’m saying if we can tame, if the government can find a way to curtail or minimize the availability of drugs, some of the irrational and pointless violence, involving mass murder, may totally be curbed or minimized in the society, likewise the full of arms and ammunition all over the place,” he said.
He also faulted the claim that the federal government knew and had the names of persons allegedly sponsoring the Boko Haram insurgency.
Communication Coordinator, ICRC, Robin Waudo, said: “The aim of the training is to have a conversation with journalists to hear from them, to share about ourselves, our activities, and the humanitarian concern in Nigeria”.