Insecurity is on the loose in the Northern part of Nigeria, with many villages living at the mercy of terrorists.
A lecturer with the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, Professor Tukur Baba, made the observation at the maiden memorial lecture in honour of late Barrister Mu’azu Liman, a public affairs commentator, on Tuesday.
Baba, a sociology professor, regretted that people in the region were living in fear with no hope in sight.
He said, “Unless something drastic is initiated in a coordinated manner involving all political authorities in the whole region, in close collaboration and coordination with the federal government, there is little or no ground to hope that the situation will change for the better any time soon.
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“Inescapable apprehension in the minds of the citizenry will remain and conceivably become even more aggravated.
“Many will conceivably resort to self-help, organised or otherwise, as already happening in many places, often making a bad situation worse.”
He recommended the entrenchment of the principles of good governance and accountability to restore trust in government and in public oficials.
He also suggested that the widening gap of social inequality in Northern Nigeria between the rich and the poor must be arrested and narrowed.