Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin has lamented the proliferation of unlicensed firearms in the country, saying it was fueling killings by armed bandits.
She said the uncontrolled firearms in the circulation was responsible for the killings and worsened security situation in the country.
Odumakin spoke alongside fellow guest lecturer, Prof Dele Adetoye, on Monday in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, at the first Comrade Bunmi Ojo Memorial Lecture.
Ojo, former Governor Segun Oni’s Personal Assistant, was shot dead exactly a year ago at a football viewing centre in Adebayo area of Ado Ekiti by assailants.
Delivering the lecture entitled: “The tragedy of the murder of Comrade Bunmi Ojo: Implications for youth development and national security, Odumakin who was represented at the event by the General Secretary of the Campaign for Democracy (CD), Ifeanyi Odili ,also attributed the unwarranted killings in the country to poor policing system .
According to her, “Another cause of his death is majorly traceable to poor policing in Nigeria because Nigeria is far below the United Nation’s standard of policing. We find ourselves in this critical security mess in Nigeria.
“Soon after the exit of the military and eventual return to democracy, firearms became a common commodity. People became so free to move around with guns, AK47, AK49, pump action unlicensed.
“This catastrophe that befell Bunmi Ojo will continue to skyrocket in Nigeria until our leaders sit together, speak to each other from their subconscious and inner reassesses of their minds, with a view to outlaw the arbitrary use of guns before, during and after political campaigns.
“In fact, it is worthwhile to phase it out outrightly in our polity. In military era, you dare not carry kitchen-knife outside your homes how much more guns flying around the country,” he said.
While identifying intolerance as one of the major obstacle to Nigeria nurturing democracy, she said, “Nigerians, particularly political class, have demonstrated their inability to tolerate and accommodate one another religiously, politically, socially, and economically.
Professor Adetoye, who also spoke on the same topic, noted that Nigeria’s distant and recent political and socioeconomic history was replete with proactive and productive riles played by the youths in nation building and socioeconomic political development of the Nigerian nation which late Ojo represented. (Daily Independent)