From Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
Scholars from across the world will on October 10, 2018 gather at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) to proffer solutions to terrorism in the global community and insurgency in Nigeria.
The conference with the theme: “Theatre, Counter Terrorism and the Nigerian Space” is the 31st International annual gathering of the Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA). It will hold from October 30 to November 3, 2018.
Scholars in the humanities, particularly the performing arts, expected at the event, are Professors Femi Osofisan, Bode Sowande, Bakare Ojo-Rasaki, and Matthew Umukoro.
Other seasoned lecturers will also present research papers to create workable paths to ensuring effective and efficient counter-terrorism war in Nigeria.
Ojo-Rasaki, who is Dean, Postgraduate School of FUOYE, told a press conference on Wednesday to herald the event that, “theatre as you know, is an art and every art form is used as a message carrier. Every art form is used as a means of disseminating information, this is where theatre comes in on counter-terrorism: It can be used to send information that are relevant to make sure that situations that build up terrorism does not come up in the first instance.
“Theatre can be used to build vigilance on how to make sure that the environment is secured. It can also be used in the area of behavioural and attitudinal change.
“Theatre is used to also de-radicalize the minds of potential terrorists or terrorists that have been captured or disarmed so that they can be used as change agents in the society.
“The different papers that are going to be presented by scholars will be bearing intellectual and technical information that operators of counter-insurgency can use to help their work. Apart from the papers to be presented, the fact that people are gathering in Ekiti to discuss counter terrorism will build awareness for counter terrorism activities,” he said.