The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has disclosed that if the country focuses on rebuilding the socio-economic life of people, particularly those who live in the Northeast where terrorism thrives, it would go a long way to help combat terrorism in Nigeria.
The Nation reports that Abubakar gave this suggestion on Tuesday, November 17, after he was installed as the chancellor of the University of Ibadan at the institution’s 67th Foundation Day in the Oyo state capital.
Speaking about the deplorable state of socio-economic life in the region, the Sultan noted that there were more than 2.5 million out-of-school children (popularly called Almajiri) in some states in the North.
According to Abubakar, poor socio-economic factors help terrorism thrive because young people are not gainfully engaged and their minds are not developed. To tackle insurgency in Nigeria, the Sultan said that the country must focus on increasing school enrollment, training youths in acquisition of skills and providing opportunities for skilled labour.
Stressing that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, Abubakar described terrorists as “deluded individuals who are hiding under religion to perpetrate evil”.
He said the University of Ibadan should train youths in character building and conduct researches that can expose practical steps in dealing with society’s challenges. Reading the valedictory speech of the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the acting VC, Prof. Ayelari Emilolorun, noted that the university awarded 456 doctorate degrees from 12 faculties and institutes this year. He stressed that his administration was focused on staff welfare, infrastructural development and security to enable the university deliver on its mandate of quality training and research.
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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented at the event by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, stressed the need to move energy source thermal to solar. He added that the government has agreements with some companies in the United Kingdom to achieve solar energy production.
He also noted that there were plans for self-sustenance in rice production to achieve food security instead of relying on importation. The president called on universities to be sensitive to developments around the world, key into them as they can make better impact on life of Nigerians.