By Chibuike Osuji
Security experts converged in Lagos recently to jaw-jaw about the security situation in the country, as well as inculcate security consciousness into the younger generation. The target was to bridge the security lapses within the polity.
Addressing students at the occasion, the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owosheni, insisted that for any society to develop politically and economically, the place of security is very vital. “Security is not solely for Uniform policemen or Military officers.As students, you must not steal, lie or cheat. Security emanated from the true book of God. Its in the Bible and even the Qua’aran”, he said, adding that it is even more important in tertiary institutions. He noted that the aphorism that prevention is better than cure is an aphorism that is apt in the current situation, though he said prevention must be through hard work, corporation with security agencies and even neighbors. “Live within your means and don’t attract bad names to your parents”, he admonishes the students. He said that the police is taking the issue of student kidnapping very seriously by increasing patrols around schools.
In his own submission, Andy Evbuomwan, head of Tomorrow’s leaders NGO, said that being proactive is like preventing crisis before it occurs. “You will agree with me that securing a big city like Lagos is no mean task. The state command under Commissioner of Police Fatai Owosheni has proven to be equal to the task. But prevention nationwide, especially inculcating the essence early on these students who are leaders of tomorrow will do the society a lot of good”.