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Social justice key to peace, development – Gov. AbdulRazaq

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara says social justice, youths empowerment and timely administration of justice are essential ingredients for peace and development in any society.

The governor said this in Ilorin on Thursday while declaring open a one-day multi-stakeholder security dialogue

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the dialogue was: “Towards strengthening the security architecture in Kwara State: Exploring community initiatives”.

“We will definitely continue to give the necessary and complementary logistic support to our security agencies.

“However, we believe that security is a broad concept that goes beyond arming the various security agencies or hanging cameras everywhere.

“We feel strongly that securing our society requires inclusion and empowerment of all the segments of our society.

“It involves guaranteeing social justice for everyone. It involves ensuring that no child is left behind in every developmental agenda.

“It involves making sure that the justice system is not unduly slow or deliberately tilted against anyone,” the governor said.

AbdulRazaq said the dialogue was a follow up to a recent security meeting of the Governors in the north central region and security developments in other parts of the country.

He commended the security agencies and traditional rulers for their efforts to keep peace in Kwara.

“Hunger and poverty are catalysts for crimes and they must be addressed headlong,” the governor said.

He added that the dialogue had been called to harvest the views of all the stakeholders in the state.

Prof. Dakas C.J. Dakas (SAN) of University of Jos, who delivered a keynote address, said Kwara is peaceful but must be proactive to respond to security threats nearby and early warning signs.

Dakas, a professor of Law, called for a regime of accountability, respect for rules of engagement and more support for the security agencies.

He also called for more capacity building for the security agencies and other personnel of government in charge of security matters.

Another keynote speaker, Prof. Hassan Salihu of the University of Ilorin called on the public to see security as a joint project to be owned by all.

Salihu said politicians must learn to draw the line between politics, campaign period and governance.

The professor of Political Science called on all stakeholders to sidestep their differences and build a sustainable system that works for all.

Security chiefs in the state applauded the dialogue initiative but called on the masses to always speak up when they see danger signs around them.

The state Director of State Service (DSS), Mr Steve Ajege, said the dialogue underpins AbdulRazaq’s effort to further secure the state.

He called on parents to revisit the issue of family values and discipline,  and to work with security agencies to cut crime rate in the society.

The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman of the state traditional council,  Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, called on the government to make better use of traditional institutions as did the colonial masters.

Gambari commended the government for the dialogue, calling for better welfare for members of the security agencies and funding for traditional institutions to boost communal peace.

Prof. Lanre Yusuf and Bishop Sunday Adewole, who represented the Muslim and Christian religious communities, urged the government to build its security strategies around the traditional and religious institutions.

The two religious leaders called for tolerance, harmony and restoration of religious and family values.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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