The Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT) and Director / International Coordinator of Conflict Resolution and Migration Awareness Initiative (CRAMAI) and a Deputy Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (Rtd) – Sir Dr. Emmanuel Brasca Ifeadi was the Guest Speaker at this auspicious event; and he delivered a lecture which was titled – “National Integration And Security In Nigeria”.
Dignitaries present at the very powerful lecture included: Lt. General AB Dambazau the former Chief of Army Staff and former Minister of the Ministry of Interior who was also the Chairman of the event; representative of the Chief of Defence Staff – AVM Ibrahim Tapkwan Ali; the representative(s) of the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff, the Chief of Air Staff; Major General JGK Myam who represented the Director – General of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre – Major General GA Wahab; and Prof. CBN Ogbogbo the Director of Research of the Centre.
A thorough interrogation of this multi-faceted topic became imperative considering the open-ended and persistent crises and conflicts, and the massive spate of crimes of exceedingly dangerous proposition which have totally demeaned the internal security architecture in Nigeria.
This unfortunate chain of events has given Nigerians serious cause for concern over the years. Indeed, it is extremely disheartening that Nigeria’s stupendous natural and human resources and its rich socio-cultural and ethno-religious diversities, which ideally should have been veritable factors for cohesion, integration and a superb bedrock for national growth and development, have sadly become tools for spiralling insecurity, meyhem, violence, disintegration and wanton destruction of lives and properties worth trillions of Naira.
Therefore, arising from the truism that crimes, conflicts and insecurity drastically hinders economic development and national integration, the paper significantly delved into a thorough study and analyses of the broad imperatives of Nigeria’s national integration process and challenges over the years; the failing internal security dynamics which have been heavily plaqued with crimes, conflicts, Kidnapping, banditry, irregular migration and severe terrorist activities; multiplier effects of security threats; and practicable methodologies of entrenching lasting peace, invaluable therapeutic measures for the establishment of good governance and ordered followership structures, deep integration ethos and harmonious coexistence through specially selected integration and internal security strategic initiatives.
This extremely instructive lecture was concluded with a myriad of superlative recommendations which cannot be easily reeled out in this exclusive limited public domain.