International Day of Non-Violence 2019
The duo of Wemimo Adewuni and Sheriff Quadri takes a look at a fresh issue, the one that has to do with the International Day of Non-Violence. This is based on the fact that Nigeria is rife with insecurity, crime, and violence. These were also inducted into the Nigerian President’s speech on October 1st, 2019. President Muhammadu Buhari relates how Nigeria is tackling insurgency, insecurity, and so on.
Together with Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana and Data Analyst & Journalist, Rotimi Sankore, the Morning Crossfire team thrashes issues that have to do with violence, such as criminal activities, police brutality, and other issues such acts of terrorism from unemployed youths in our localities.
Quickly, Sheriff highlights that the United Nations Organization (UN) emphasizes that the International Day of Non-Violence is marked every 2nd of October, each year. That happens to correspond with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the Indian Independence Movement, pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
This occasion is time to disseminate the message of non-violence through education and public awareness. The universal principle of non-violence and the desire to secure a culture of peace, understanding and tolerance, is reinforced.
Yet, the former Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Alhaji Muhammed Adamu, who is now the IGP released crime rate reports for the first quarter of 2019, which states that 1,071 people lost their lives during that period. Wemimo suggests that since these numbers were recorded, it is possible that there were more casualties.
According to Wemimo, statistics also revealed that 767 that were killed were northerners, crucial to note, more people from north-west died, putting the numbers at 436, north-central came second with 250, south-south came third with 130 deaths.
State by state analysis has Zamfara State leads 203 murder cases, Kaduna with 112, Benue 90, banditry also claimed more than 100 lives. 21 were killed in Katsina, while Sokoto had 19 cases. No fewer than 687 persons have been kidnapped across the country in 2019. About 70 percent of these were recorded in the three non-geo-political zones of the country.
Rotimi says the issues are stunning and can’t be over-looked. “The issue of violence must be taken seriously by every country. But first, let me say that the study of violence is not an abstract concept. It is based on social science. There’s also political and psychological basis and we can also look at the economics. This is where the social fabric has broken down and that is why there are increasing violence. This doesn’t occur on its own but goes along with poor governance. We cannot also overlook that in the personal space there is gender-based violence, which on its own is a big area for study and discussion about how systems support male violence against females and there is not support by the law enforcement agencies against such scenarios. In Nigeria, it is calculated that one in three or three in five women suffer violence from men.
“Policing has a role to play in arresting the violence and stabilizing the situation. But it will be wrong to suggest that it is because the police have failed, that it is the reason violence keeps escalating.”
But while responding to the comment that Lagos is the viewed as unsafe and the most notorious for being unsafe, the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana responds that “the reality is that you and I live in Lagos. You can’t have people living together without problems whether we like it or not, there are people who have taken into crime. But one thing we should also understand is that security is not something that you see. It is intangible substance.
“When people move about freely, go to their offices and nothing happens, they go to work, schools, and other places, unmolested, not harassed, as far as they’re concerned, it is natural. They don’t believe that somebody somewhere makes it to happen. They think it is normal. If there’s no single police vehicle on the street, or there’s no police presence on the streets of Lagos, I think it will be very difficult for people to move.”
Wemimo asks him: Are you saying that Lagos is a safe place to live in? He said ‘Sure’. Then he continues; “Look at the volume of businesses coming into Lagos. Lagos state has one of the best security architectures in Nigeria.”
Of course, he got a banter for that from some well-meaning Nigerians as you can see from the show. Play the video below to follow along if you missed the show live…
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Morning Crossfire with Wemimo Adewuni (@wemimospot) & Sheriff Quadry (@SheriffQuadry), alongside Rotimi Sankore (@RotimiSankore)
Posted by Jude Chukwuemeka