By Nasiru Muhammad
The National Association of Kano State Students (NAKSS) has organized a maiden edition of debate competition among students of tertiary institutions in the state.
This is contained in a statement made available to The Triumph by the union in Kano recently.
The topic of the competition is ‘Insecurity, Kidnapping and Terrorism are becoming a Major Challenge to the Nigerian: Who is to Blame, Populace or Government?’
The debate was organized by the national body of the union under the leadership of Comrade Yahaya Usman Kabo.
The debate was intended to find out who is to blame over the current insecurity, kidnapping, banditry, terrorism and any other form of insurgency in nation.
The national president of the association expressed appreciation to the nominees as the speakers for their tremendous support and contribution in the historic debate.
Comrade Kabo also used the opportunity to thank the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for his effective and efficient effort on security issues in the state.
He acknowledged that the governor always strives very hard towards ensuring that the lives and properties of the people of the state are highly protected.
In their separate debates, some speakers put the blame on the nation’s administration while others blamed the entire people of the nation on all the insecurity problems militating against the country.
For instance, Comrade Ibrahim Sani from Bayero University, Kano posited that: “Even if the government is the cause, the populace is still to be blamed, because the leaders come from them, are a representation of them and are elected into offices by them.”
On his part, Khalifa Umar Farouk, a student of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil said: “Ideally, youths are the backbone of every successful security operations. So, the best way to repair a broken window is from the inside.”
Also, Yusuf Jma, a student of Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano quoted former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, saying: “Attahiru Bafarawa, a former governor of Sokoto State, says, citizens should not blame any individual for the country’s security challenges, let’s unite to resolve the challenges.”
He added: “I am confident that by the time our populace talk less about rotational or zoning of any political seat, there would be less tension which may further divide the country along regional, religious and tribal lines.
“I believe all the today’s insecurity in the country is behind these issues mentioned.”
Debating, on her part, Laritu Sulaiman of Federal College of Agricultural Produce and Technology, Kano, lamented: “Lack of modern technology to track terrorists, bandits or informants’ phone calls, DNA at crime scene, names via national ID and others.
“Lack of sophisticated fire arms and inadequate modern fighter jets to combat.”
Also debating is Abdullahi Yakub from Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kano who said: “Poverty is the major challenge in Nigeria that caused kidnapping, banditry and terrorism.”
While Musbahu Abubakar Aliyu of Kano State Polytechnic is of the opinion that: “Lack of modern and sensitive technical weapons in fighting against the menaces and insecurity; lack of good leadership and lack of job opportunities for youths.”
He said: “Nowadays, the kidnapping and other banditry operations are becoming more continuously worse and noxious