Nigeria’s former military head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, and others have urged Nigerians to absorb a literate culture, as no nation can prosper without a knowledge-based economy.
Abubakar was speaking at the public launch of four books by Ilyasu Ibrahim Maijega entitled Crime Prevention, Insurgencies and Desperate Migration from Developing Countries; Prevention of crime, insurgencies and desperate migration from Africa; Preventing Crime, Insurgencies, and Desperate Migrations from Asia and Latin America, and Preventing Crime, Insurgencies, and Desperate Migrations in the Nations of the World.
In the books, the author’s research into the Boko Haram insurgency following the adoption of the Chibok Girls in 2014 brought him to the starting point of the qualities of national weaknesses that Nigeria shares with 50 other countries around the world.
In their research, the Fragile States Index (FSI) reveals that Africa has 35 nations with fragile ties, or about 70 percent of the world’s most fragile nations; Asia has 13 and Latin America has two of those nations. Qualities of national weaknesses, as observed by the author, include: prevalent poverty and unemployment, low quality of political leadership which is a major national threat, ethnic and religious sectionalism, low quality education, desire to stay in power indefinitely and external events such as pandemics, wars, among others.
Addressing the book launch attendees, Abubakar said Nigeria has been fighting the insurgency in the northeast for the past ten years, which has gradually spread to all parts of the country. Maigeda’s books, he said, shed more light on the root causes of the insurgency and inform security agencies, the government and the people of Nigeria on how to address the problem.
“I urge Nigerians to start reading and writing. It is the only way through this process that we can rise up and achieve great things for the good of our country.”
For her part, Maigeda, who had recognized the books as further reading for advocates of good governance, the politicized, scholars of politics, contemporary history, and crime and control prevention, said African countries lack many areas, leading to insurgencies, crime and desperate situations. migrations
To prevent insurgencies, nations, he said, must meet basic needs, including the government’s inability to mechanize agriculture. “These books will also provide the best approach to addressing the insurgency,” Maigeda concluded.