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AANI Expresses Deep Concern Over Escalating Violence in Nigeria

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…calls for proactive measures

The Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) has voiced profound dismay and apprehension regarding the increasing wave of killings and abductions in different geo-political regions of Nigeria, describing the situation as extremely worrying and unsettling.

National President Ambassador EO Okafor in a statement Saturday, noted that the severity of the security challenges in the Northwest, Northeast, North-central, and Southeastern parts of the country is vividly illustrated by the recent abductions, communal clashes, and tragic loss of lives.

The recent events, such as the abduction of over 200 schoolchildren in Kaduna State and various other acts of violence across the nation, he said, have prompted the Alumni Association of the National Institute to call for immediate action from the government and security forces.

Okafor averred that, AANI firmly believes that the current state of affairs demands a more comprehensive, nationwide approach to tackle the pressing security issues plaguing the nation.

While appreciating the efforts of the government, military, and security forces, AANI recognised the need for more to be done and stressed the significance of implementing innovative strategies, tactics, and technology to effectively counter evolving threats.

The Alumni Association of the National Institute therefore urged governments at all levels to intensify their efforts and enforce robust measures to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians and residents.

Furthermore, during the Association’s 2024 Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 2nd March 2024, at the Idris Abubakar’s Conference Hall at the National University Commission’s complex, a seminar with the theme “Security is a Collective Responsibility” was conducted. AANI advocates for a paradigm shift from the traditional all-society approach to a more inclusive whole-nation strategy to tackle the multifaceted security challenges facing the nation.

AANI urged the government to consider and incorporate the perspectives of the Alumni Association in developing and implementing security measures. As an influential and proactive organisation, AANI stands ready to collaborate with the government, traditional leaders, institutions, and other stakeholders to achieve lasting solutions to the security challenges facing the nation. The Association also called for improved socio-economic conditions to address the root causes of unrest in the country and a whole-nation approach to security, emphasising collaboration between the federal, and state governments, military, security forces, traditional leaders, and citizens.

AANI he said, prides and recognises the influence and expertise within its ranks, comprising credible, well-trained, and experienced patriotic Nigerians who attended the Senior Executive Course (SEC) at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru. The Alumni Association believes that its members, drawn from various spheres of endeavour, possess valuable insights and recommendations for policy formulation and implementation strategies that could enhance a better society in Nigeria.

“We reiterate our commendations of the ongoing efforts but stress the need for renewed strategies, tactics, and the use of technology. AANI also reiterate its sincere commitment to fostering a better society in Nigeria and pledging continuous partnerships with governments at all levels, as well as other organisations and individuals dedicated to a more secure and prosperous Nigeria.”

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