A University lecturer, Dr. Abubakar D. Alhassan, has rated the illegal possession of arms and ammunition as well as the massive consumption of illicit drugs among Nigerian youths as some of the causes of the ongoing “mass killings” of innocent people in the country.
Alhassan, who lectures at the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University Kano, made this known while entertaining questions from media practitioners shortly after a two-day capacity building on humanitarian reporting organized for practicing journalists in the northeast region by the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).
Wondering why the government has not been able to curtail the situation, he said, “A lot of the people who engage in violence especially in mass killings are usually under the influence of drugs because if you look at these young people, it is not easy for them to have that mindset of going out and killing large numbers of people who they did not know, did not have nothing to do with and who did not offend them.”
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Curtailing or minimizing the availability of drugs and the flow of arms and ammunition in the society, he said, would go a long way in discouraging or reducing the “mass killings” ravaging the nation.
He said “some of the irrational pointless violence mass murders will be minimized in society if we can find a way to curtail or minimize the availability of drugs and the flow of arms and ammunition all over the place “.
Contrary to some schools of thought who have been arguing that the government knows those masterminding the mass killings, he said: “I don’t believe that the government has the names of the so-called sponsors. If it has, then it is a very irresponsible government for not going after them.”
Alhassan, who could not fathom why those who claimed to know the sponsors of the violence and killings have continued to drag their feet in making the names public, said: “if there is such an evidence, a concrete watertight evidence how is it that nobody has been arrested and prosecuted for doing that.”
Newspot reports that Alhassan had exposed participants at the capacity building to international humanitarian law as well as its guiding principles among others.
He urged the media to tread extra legitimate miles in helping to expose those behind the ongoing crimes which he mentioned to include corruption, hoarding of valuables meant for Internally displaced persons (IDPs) among others.
He also highlighted the need for journalists to assist in providing relevant information that will go a long way in helping people to be safe.
Alhassan also urged the government to wake up from its slumber by embarking on massive recruitment of security personnel so as to frustrate hoodlums who have been terrorizing the nation’s highways with a particular reference to Abuja/Kaduna road.