The Vice Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta in Ogun State, Professor Chinedum Peace Babalola, lamented that since Nigeria’s independence, the country has been embroiled in a series of stubborn conflicts resulting in the loss of lives and property, claiming that these conflicts have manifested themselves in religious, ethnic, political, electoral, banditry, communal and even resource disputes.
Despite vigorous efforts by successive governments to address these issues, the growing level of insecurity remains unprecedented.
A direct consequence is that the country has been unable to achieve the national cohesion and social integration essential for political stability and national development,” she added.
The Vice Chancellor revealed this during the public presentation of a book titled: “Nigerians Views on National Peace, Progress and Development”, which was held in the main auditorium of the university.
The book was written by Professor Babafemi Badejo, a retired United Nations official and currently head of the departments of political science and international relations at the University of Chrisland.
The book, which was presented at a seminar titled: “Nigerians’ Views on National Turmoil: A Situational Quadruple Nexus Analysis”, was chaired by Nobel Laureate and former President of Timor-Leste, José Ramos-Horta , who charged Nigerians with the importance of sustained dialogue for mutual co-existence among people, and to embrace progressive compromises in the interest of the unity of the country, as this is the only way that can lead to good governance.
According to Ramos-Horta, the book rightly illustrated how Nigeria as a country could maximize its significant progress in certain economic sectors such as creative and technology industries to leverage some major wins.
“The book addresses very critical questions about the elusiveness of peace and security, the failure to achieve development, human rights and humanitarian actions in Nigeria,” he said. he declares.
The Vice-Chancellor, in her later remarks, highlighted how the author, Professor Badejo, very strikingly extends her argument that the four-pillar interconnections or the quadruple link must be joined by the four situational foundations, which are governance, external dynamics, institutions and resources