36th Aminu Kano Memorial Lecture: Nigeria Facing Grave Crisis of Insecurity – Former NBA President

Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud (SAN) has expressed concern over the lingering insecurity situation in Nigeria which has threatened its socio-political and economic setting, saying that northern Nigeria in particular and Nigeria as a whole may be sleeping in a grave of time bomb. He said unless authorities, community and leaders, as well as other stakeholders move strongly to address this challenge, the repercussion could damage the future of the country.

Delivering a paper titled The Judiciary and Democratization in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges at the 36th Memorial Anniversary of Malam Aminu Kano, organized by the Bayero University’s  Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Studies on Wednesday, 17th April, 2019, the legal luminary, however, charged that “our inquiry must therefore focus on the link between the current state of insecurity and the failure of institutions of government including legal institutions.”

 He argued that “the current state of insecurity is threatening livelihoods, destroying the social fabric and undermining agriculture, which is the main stay of our economy. No democracy can thrive in the midst of insecurity,” he frowned.

The former Attorney General of Kano state, said the failure of governance is almost self-evident. In particular, he said there was systemic failure of local courts and absence of credible justice administration. As a panacea, he suggested an urgent need for legal and institutional reforms if the current tide of insecurity is to be stemmed and if our journey to democracy is to become meaningful.

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, blamed the woes of the country on the collective stakeholders, including the CSO, the judiciary, the Ulama, traditional and community leaders and the Press, saying, each one is afraid of what will befall him for speaking the truth.”An emir wouldn’t want to speak against injustice perpetrated by the government for fear of being removed, so also the press, the judiciary and the Ulama, we all compromise on one way or the other.

The Emir advocated that for us to transform to a better society, we must all be ready to sacrifice and face consequences. We must remove fears in our minds, otherwise, we shall forever, remained subjugated by those in authority for their personal ambition. Nigeria, he said is leaving in an ungoverned space, where there is no law and order.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Admin) Professor Haruna Wakili, commended the Centre for upholding the yearly memorial lecture on Malam Aminu Kano.

He said the University management was making everything humanly possible to bring to the fore, the good virtues and ideals of our fallen heroes with a view to serving as a reference point for the upcoming leaders so as to make our country great.”