From DAUDA PAM, Maiduguri

The Inspector General of Police Force (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has blamed Boko Haram insurgency and other violent crimes across the country on moral decadence and lost of family values, .

He disclosed this during a 2-day, “Inter-agency collaboration Workshop for Security Actors and Stakeholders on Countering Violent Extremism in Nigeria” held in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.

The IGP Adamu lamented that if nothing is done quickly to address the ugly trend, the next generation would bequeath a failed society.

Organised by Cleen Foundation in conjunction with the Open Society Foundation, the workshop brought together key experts from the state to identify issues pertaining to human rights violation arising from counter insurgency operation and  to come up with strategic recommendation towards addressing the issues.

Represented by the Head Compliant Response Unit of the Nigerian Police, Force Headquarters, ACP, Markus Ishaku, the IGP said,” the insurgency today is a failure on the part of families, arguing that, if the family is doing right things, the children will not be in wrong places at the wrong time.

So this is what you get when you don’t inject right values into the upcoming generation and I am scary of what the next generation will inherit from us. I think something must be done fast,”

And that “When the right values are enthroned, the right end products, i.e the right fruits are harvested. So when you don’t have the right values, of course what you will harvest at the end of the day is people that are morally bankrupt which manifests violence we see today. Wrong value wrong results,”.

He there fire, advised parents to inject right values into their children and wards and also keep talking to them on the benefits of right values.

“ Society must enthrone values that will yield right results, values of honesty, values of contentment, values of hard work . These are the kinds of values that will bring the society we desire.” IG Adamu further said.

In a welcome address, the Executive Director CLEEN Foundation, Dr. Benson Olugbuo, said the workshop is aimed at bringing together key experts from the state to identify issues pertaining to rights violation arising from counter insurgency operation to make strategic recommendation towards addressing them.

Dr. Olugbuo who was represented by Mrs Chigozirim Okoro, the Program Manager Public Safety and Security CLEEN FOUNDATION said:” As an organisation, we believe that engendering peace, security and human rights compliance in countering violent extremism could be achieved if conscious efforts and commitments are made towards engaging key stakeholders in dialogue and awareness creation on human rights compliance, and need for increased synergy in the counter violent extremism, in the north east region ,”.

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