Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi and Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, have said that ensuring food security in the country is one of the conditions that must be met in order to effectively tackle the menace of insecurity.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mallam Yusuf Ali, also shared the same opinion when they all spoke at the opening of the seventh annual conference and general assembly of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice on Monday in Ado Ekiti.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Defining and rethinking peace and security systems in transitional democracies’, Fayemi said access to food by all Nigerians would go a long way in addressing the frustrations of many people and made them less vulnerable to crime.
Fayemi also said there must be justice to guarantee peace, saying conflict and criminals’ activities would never cease in a society devoid of justice.
The governor said his administration realised this, adding that it informed its decision to make agriculture one of the main points in his agenda and the introduction of the social security scheme where the elder citizens in the state were paid N5,000 stipend monthly.
Tambuwal, who was represented by a lawmaker from Oyo State, Mr. Muraina Ajibola, said the insecurity in some parts of the country had affected the economy in the troubled states.
He said there must be food security among other necessary things to guarantee peace in the country.
Tambuwal said, “For a nation like Nigeria to attain peace and security, certain irreducible fundamentals must be addressed. One of such fundamentals is justice.
In this connection, one will be quick to point out that for Nigeria to attain peace and security, both the government and people of Nigeria must address the following: political justice, economic justice, social justice, religious justice, fraternal justice, educational justice and food security, because hinder is a denial of a form of justice.”
Chairman Board of Trustees of SPSP, Prof. Isaac Albert, and the National President of the group, Dr. Willie Eselebor, said the conference would deliberate on how peace could be returned to Nigeria and other troubled parts of Africa.