Akinlade, representing Yewa South-Ipokia Federal Constituency, said the security situation in Nigeria was exaggerated and had not degenerated to the level it was painted overseas.
The lawmaker, stated this on Saturday during his conferment with an honorary doctorate degree by the Universite Des Sciences Appliquees Et Management in Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin.
No fewer than 242 students, many of whom are Nigerians, also graduated with Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from the institution.
According to him, the current security situation and the various challenges are just a phase that the country has to pass through in its quest to attain greatness, peace, stability and an enduring democracy.
Akinlade expressed confidence in the ability of the Federal Government to effectively tackle the various challenges facing the country.
He said, “All the countries of the world have their challenges. What we are passing through in Nigeria today is just a phase which I believe very soon we shall overcome. Go to any country of the world today—America, Italy, China, they will tell you where they are coming from. We are just in that stage now and I know the Federal Government is looking into it and very soon it shall be addressed.”
He added that the increasing number of Nigerians seeking overseas tertiary education did not suggest that people were fleeing the country due to insecurity.
He noted that the inability of the nation’s higher institutions to absorb all the eligible students had contributed to the exodus of Nigerians seeking admissions abroad.
Akinlade said, “They are not fleeing Nigeria. You know our population. Our universities are not enough to accommodate the whole student population. That’s why people continue to seek admission outside Nigeria. It’s not as if our universities are not good, we have limited universities and polytechnics that can take them.”