The National President, Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Practitioners Association (NASA) Professor Folashade Okeshola has identified increase in corruption and unhealthy struggle for power among the political elites as boosting illegal trade in firearms in Nigeria.
She stated that the increase in corruption and indiscipline in high places has created deep frustration and a sense of hopelessness among the active population especially the youths.
She stated this at the 22nd National Conference of the Association held at the University of Ibadan themed “Contours of Change, Modern Conflict and Mode of Production in Nigeria”.
According to her, small arms have continued to find their ways into the hands of unauthorised persons while many Nigerians who have lost confidence in the ability of the Nigerian police to protect them are also taking up arms.
While noting that Nigerians are deeply frustrated with heightened sense of hopelessness under present change agenda especially the youth, the professor called for improved socio-economic welfare for Nigerians.
While asking president Buhari to alter the present dimensions of conflicts in Nigeria, the NASA president noted that conflicts of different dimensions is affecting the mode of production of people with battered well-being of many families.
“Small arms have continued to find their ways into the hands of unauthorized persons. This has resulted in the use of the weapons by criminals for various crimes. People have lost confidence in the ability of the police to protect them and have resorted to illegal possession of fire-arms for self protection. Increase in corruption and indiscipline over the years has created deep frustration and a sense of hopelessness among the active population especially the youths. All these, couples with religious intolerance, ethnicity and unhealthy struggle for power among the elites, have served as a boost for illegal trade in firearms”
While declaring the conference open, Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka noted that the present change under Buhari administration can realize its objectives only through a credible, well calibrated, transparent and bottom up change process woven around sustainable human development framework that guarantees the restoration of human dignity through the social contract.
While urging for caution, Professor Olayinka who noted that that there can be growth without development urged the President Mohammadu Buhari to minimize conflicts and check deprivations being experienced by Nigerians in order to have a sane fellowship.
In his speech, the Dean Faculty of the Social Sciences, professor Ayodele Jegede advocated a change of attitude to attitude that promotes development in all ramifications of total growth in order to have a Nigeria ‘of our dream which we wish to handover to our children’