The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has called on the Federal Government to ensure that guns are not easily accessible by hoodlums who wreak havoc on law-abiding citizens in the country.
Prof. Abdulkareem made the call while receiving a former Minister of External Affairs, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari (CFR), in his office recently.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed shock at how score-settling in the society has suddenly changed from the traditional exchange of blows to the use of sophisticated machine guns, saying that there is the need for soul-searching as a nation.
The Vice-Chancellor said: “Perhaps people are grieved because of perceived injustice. An average Nigerian now wants to outsmart the other. We are now in a society where we don’t care how people get rich. It is even sad that people are ready to take lives to get rich. Things have totally broken down. We have introduced so many sentiments that have divided us”.
Prof. Abdulkareem then advocated for correct perception of justice and the need to deal with each other with a clear mind, while working for a peaceful Nigeria.
Earlier in his remarks, Prof. Gambari advised the government to spend money on preventing insecurity in the country instead of devoting huge sums of the national resources to combat insurgencies and insecurity in the country.
The pioneer Chancellor of the Kwara State University submitted that the greatest threat to any nation is insecurity, therefore recommending that preventive approach should be adopted instead of the fire brigade approach currently being used by the government.
Prof. Gambari described his presence in the University as homecoming, adding that he came to support the Centre for Ilorin Studies and contribute his quota to the citadel of learning.
He also seized the opportunity to formally congratulate Prof. Abdulkareem on his recent appointment as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin and charged him to build on the good reputation enjoyed by the University.
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