Scholars, policy makers, law enforcement, and security experts from Nigeria and around the world are expected to meet May 31, 2021 at a security summit to discuss the growing insecurity in Nigeria- Africa’s most populous country.
Under the theme “Security, Society, and the State: The Shrinking Role of Government in National and Personal Security,” the summit will focus on the fading role of the state in security-related issues in most emerging countries of Africa.
According to a statement from Michael Ekwo Foundation, hosts of the virtual summit, the speakers will also examine several themes including the decentralization of policing in Nigeria, community policing, food insecurity issues caused by climate change, and information security, generally defined.
“As recent security challenges demonstrate, fragile states and conflict-regions of the world are increasingly becoming safe havens for terrorists and transnational organized crimes. In Africa, terrorism is shrinking the continent’s investment space and, in some cases, certain African countries are losing ground in their abilities to protect their citizens. In the West, particularly in North America, the U.S. Black population feel over-policed and under-protected. In the Middle East, Europe, and South East Asia, growing insecurity concerns have continued to threaten state stability.”
The summit will be facilitated by Nigerian-based international Security Consultant and former Commissioner of Police in Abuja, Mr. Lawrence Alobi and Dr. Olajumoke (Jumo) Ayandele, a Human Security and Counter terrorism Researcher with New York University.
The Head of Public Affairs of Michael Ekwo Foundation, Ms. Lauretta Ogbu notes that the summit was timely bearing in mind the internal security challenges confronting the country.
Ms. Ogbu expressed the hope that the summit outcome would empower the youths and traditional rulers in conflict resolution and peace building but also contribute immensely in promoting peace and security in the rural communities in the country.
The conference is open to the public. However, registration is required for participation.