Activist laments proliferation of firearms
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
A human right activist, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin has lamented the proliferation of unlicensed firearms in the country, saying it is fueling killings by armed banfits.
She said the uncontrolled firearms in circulation was responsible for the killings and worsening security situation in Nigeria.
Odumakin spoke alongside fellow guest lecturer, Prof Dele Adetoye yesterday in Ado Ekiti, during the first memorial lecture in honour of the late Comrade Bunmi Ojo who was murdered at a football viewing centre last year.
Ojo, former Governor Segun Oni’s Personal Assistant was shot dead exactly a year ago at a football viewing centre in Adebayo area of Ado Ekiti by assailants.
Delivering the lecture entitled: “The tragedy of the murder of Comrade Bunmi Ojo: Implications for Youth Development and National Security, Odumakin who was represented at the event by the General Secretary of the Campaign for Democracy (CD), Ifeanyi Odili also attributed the unwarranted killings in the country to poor policing system .
According to her, “Another cause of his death is majorly traceable to poor policing in Nigeria because Nigeria is far below the United Nation’s standard of policing. We find ourselves in this critical security mess in Nigeria
While identifying intolerance as one of the major obstacles to Nigeria nurturing democracy, she said, “Nigerians, particularly the political class have demonstrated their inability to tolerate and accommodate one another religiously, politically, socially,and economically.
Professor Adetoye who also spoke on the same topic noted that Nigeria’s distant and recent political and socio-economic history is replete with proactive and productive riles played by the youths in nation building and socio-economic political development of the Nigerian nation which late Ojo represented.
He said government must also formulate appropriate policies geared at re-orientating the youth to become proactive and development friendly.
Chairman, organizing committee of the lecture, Prof. Eddy Olanipekun said the event was put together at the instance of late Ojo’s wife, Adeola by friends and family of the deceased.
The Chairman of the occasion, Senator Dayo Adeyeye who was represented by the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Prof Kunle Ajayi said testimonies about the exemplary life late Ojo lived abound.
Dignitaries at the event include, Governor Kayode Fayemi who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Hakeem Jamiu, Speaker, Rt Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, represented by Akogun Tai Oguntayo, Former Chairman, Ekiti State chapter, All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Jide Awe, Chairman, Ekiti State House of Assembly Commission, Hon. Taiwo Olatunbosun and representatives of human right groups among others.