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Nationhood: Abdulsalami Abubakar Canvases For Security


By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) — Former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd), on Wednesday, said that security is key to the survival of any nation.

Abubakar made this submission at the 1st Public Lecture of the Faculty of Social Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in Abuja.

The topic of the lecture is, ‘Nigeria in Transition: Interrogating the Nexus between Human Capacity Development, Labour and Union Education and National Security’.

Abubakar, who was the Special Guest of Honour, said that the topic of the lecture was in tandem with the social and security needs of the country at present.

“Certainly, security is paramount; Security is the heart of the nation.

“Without security, there will be no house; without security, there will be no nation,’’ he said.

He commended NOUN in general and the Faculty of Social Sciences for organising the lecture.

In his presentation, the Guest Lecturer, Prof. Hakeem Tijani, said there was need to coordinate the roles of government, the labour union and efforts at human capacity development to ensure national security.

Tijani, who is from the Department of International Studies, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, said that inter-agency collaboration and intelligence sharing had improved national security.

He said that there was need to bridge the gap between security and teaching scheme.

“While both the military and civilian administrators between 1975 and 2017 had increased funding in the education sector through interventions, there remained a missing gap that continued to challenge researchers in their various studies about the place of education in national security.

“Teaching the content with the right pedagogy has remained worrisome; teaching the content with the right pedagogy and methods is essential to creating well-informed and better educated graduates.

“Education, therefore, is the most powerful resource the nation can use for growth, development and national security,’’ he said.

The professor said that the transition to a developed economy in Nigeria was predicated upon its success in mitigating forces that hinders security, peace and unity.

He added that the mix of human capacity development and labour union education were significant in prospecting for national security.

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