From Austine Tule, Makurdi
Former Nigeria Ambassador to Canada, Prof. Iyorwuese has faulted the use of force by federal government of president Muhammadu Buhari in fighting Boko Haram insurgency but recommended a soft power approach to end the menace.
He expressed sadness that the present regime think that security means putting high boots by soldiers to places of conflicts; noting that “we have gone beyond that today”.
Ambassador Hagher in an exclusive chat with The AUTHORITY in Makurdi, the Benue state capital pointed out that most of the conflicts today in the world are such that cannot be resolved by war.
“Boko Haram insurgency cannot be resolved through fighting but requires a soft power approach; information gathering and use of technology and right collection tools and to win the minds of people in conflict rather than to crush them because every act of violence generates counter violence”.
Hagher who was a former presidential aspirant on the platform of the Social Democratic Party in this year’s general election, said arms are produced and shifted to the country by what he referred to as ‘by wicked developed world’ who don’t care about human life in Africa.
“Quarrels could have been resolved through amicable settlement and other resolution mechanisms. We need all communities to rally round the stakeholders to take a decision that enough is enough. War, violence and conflict are not sustainable. If a country a want to develop, the first requirement is peace and building of security architecture that involves diplomacy rather than bullets”.
According to the professor of Theatre Art, the first antidote for elimination of conflicts is to have educated citizenry, pointing out that such people tend to be more liberal and less in ethnic diversity.
Responding to a question, Hagher said government of Nigeria is funding ignorance rather than education since low budgetary and quality of education Nigerians are getting won’t make the country great.
He said if Nigeria want to be a great country, it must start from educational curriculum, crèche, primary to the ones in the rural areas, stating that most criminals have no opportunity of acquiring formal education.
“We have 13.2 million children outside the educational system thereby, making Nigeria the highest number of children outside the school in the world”.
The way out, he said the country must get the right manpower; design a vision for the right curriculum and a syllabus that will turn a new Nigeria child mentality and consciousness for progressive society where productivity will be enhanced and taxes paid and economy will grow.