Unified database will address national security threat, says Cleric – Guardian
Founder of Luth- Fulah International, Sheikh Mohammad Robiu Adebayo Abdul Malik (left); Executive Chairman,<br />Ibeju-Lekki Local Government, Abdullahi Sesan Olowa; Kamar Olagunju and Musliudeen Salako during 2021 Orofun Maolud Nabiyy celebration in Lagos.<br />
A renowned Islamic Scholar, Founder of Luth- Fulah International, Sheikh Mohammad Robiu Adebayo Abdul Malik, has advised the government to address the problem of misidentified paternity to overcome Nigeria’s many insecurity problems as the absence of formal measures of paternity has got the country where it is today.
The Sheik noted that there is a need for a unified database for all residents in Nigeria and marriage institutions should be prioritized to track data lineage of citizenry, as Nigeria lacks an accurate database.
The scholar stated this while addressing pressmen during the group’s 2021 Orofun Maolud Nabiyy celebration in Lagos.
He added that it is imperative for Nigerians to get closer to Allah (SWT), as it is only prayer that can save the country with so many of citizens being frustrated.
“Things have really gone out of hand, the only solution is to seek for Allah’s intervention and that is why Luthfullah used to organise this special prayer for the nation yearly, because it is prayer that the country needs. If Allah (SWT) had shown us before now the situation of the country, so many people would have relocated out of Nigeria but I believe Allah answers prayers.”
Abdul Malik said; “In developing countries evil is also perpetrated but due to absence of effective database system criminals are usually not apprehended.
“ When a crime is committed in developed countries, the government ensures that such crime is tracked and criminal apprehended with a database but the Nigerian case is the opposite. How many people can the government identify? Some have more than three birth certificates because there is no data record right from birth.
“Now this oversight is more than the government. We must go back to our beginning where a father’s lineage is used to identify new born babies right from the hospital.”
The Executive Chairman; Ibeju-Lekki Local Government, Engr. Abdullahi Sesan Olowa, said lack of database of citizenry is a major challenge in the country, which poses a threat to Nigeria’s security.
Not having data is a major challenge making it difficult to tackle insecurity. Most people that are majorly perpetrating evil acts are non-Nigerians and so we don’t know the identity of the bandits, kidnappers. I think Nigeria should do as much as she can to have a database of all citizens and also to intensify efforts on gathering intelligence to get information about the activities of miscreants in our midst.”
He appealed to the youths to give peace a chance and support the activities of the government particularly the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who is doing a lot to lay the foundation of a better Nigeria
“For Nigerian youths I want to share my feelings with you, I know it has not been easy. A lot of young people are out there without jobs. I think everyone of us should support Mr. President. In Lagos State we have seen the effort of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu. I want the youth to remain peaceful to also work hard and continue to support the government’s efforts in positioning the country.”
Managing Director, CargoZeal Technologies Limited, Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Afolabi, said the importance of MawludNabiyy cannot be over emphasized in Islam, as Prophet Mohammad (SAW) is the most special creator of Allah, without Him we cannot be here, he is worthy of celebration.
“The best behavioral example in the universe is that of prophet Muhammad (SAW). If you behave like him or close to him you are guaranteed the pleasure of Allah in this world and hereafter.”
He urged Nigerians to get closer to God and imbibe the exemplary lifestyle of the noble prophet (SAW) to overcome the challenges bedeviling the country.
The Managing Director, Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Microfinance Bank, Akinwunmi Lawal, also said that implementation of policies is one the challenges affecting the socio economic development of the country.
“ Nigerians are never short of ideas, in terms of how to run the economy but the actual issue has always been implementation of these ideas.
“ If we are devoid of sects and look at the system as a whole, what will benefit the generality of the populace, then we will be much more of a better country.”