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Nigeria’s ecological crisis fuels insecurity

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Crisis lies ahead if actions are not implemented to safeguard the environment.

Prof. Aliyu Salisu-Barau, the Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences (FEES) at Bayero University, Kano, has emphasised that continuous mistreatment of the environmental serves as a catalyst for the escalating the security crisis not only in Nigeria but also globally. During the first interdisciplinary hybrid conference on sustainability and ecological resilience in Muslim communities, He expressed concerns about the dark prospects that lie ahead if urgent actions are not implemented to safeguard the surroundings.

During the Kano conference, themed “Addressing Global and Local Environmental Crises Islamic Perspectives and Muslim Experiences”, Mr. Barau addressed the audience, shedding light on the pressing issue at hand. He emphasised that humanity finds itself immersed in numerous ecological crises, amplifying widespread social instability and a looming economic downfall. The university emphasised the regrettable fact that, as a species, they have carelessly discarded their duty and obligation towards the planet that was entrusted to them by God, intended for the well-being and inheritance of future generations.

Rising temperatures have endangered well-being for the past 5 years.

In several nations, about 10% of the population contributes more luxury CO2 emissions per person than the critical emissions of 90% of the poor population. Various entities such as governments, international bodies, universities, media, and civil society have implemented measures to protect the planet. Despite these collective efforts, the crisis persists, continuously deepening and causing irreversible disturbances. The speaker emphasised that lives, well-being, mental health, and disease resilience have all faced substantial threats due to the continuously increasing temperature each year over the past five years.

Global land degradation is rapidly increasing, leaving the country vulnerable to security threats. The detrimental effects of droughts, floods, storms, and other extreme climate events are pushing towards irreversible consequences. Mr. Barau firmly stressed this point. Similarly, Prof. Sagir Adamu Abbas, the university’s Vice Chancellor, expressed his admiration for the organisers and emphasised that this conference serves as a powerful catalyst for change. It is not a mere academic exercise but a resounding call to action.

The ongoing environmental concerns have been noted for two decades.

To achieve a world where environmental sustainability evolves from a mere ambition to a tangible existence, it is imperative to tap into the potential of faith. By utilising the influential position as a distinguished Nigerian institution of education and research, they pledge to unite knowledge with action and faith with practicality. According to him, it is their belief that by working together, engaging in meaningful conversations, and upholding the fundamental values of Islam, they have the potential to construct a future that is fair and enduring, accommodating the needs of future generations.

Also, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, the event’s chairman, emphasised that concerns about the environment have been an ongoing subject for more than two decades. Multiple global and local meetings have been dedicated to tackling sustainability issues. Nevertheless, he strongly cautioned against disregarding the environment as it has severe consequences for human welfare. During the conference, Kamran Shez and Professor Omar Hasan Kasule delivered captivating keynote presentations, delving into the intersection of the Qur’an, Sunnah, and the climate crisis, with a focus on transitioning from theological contemplation to practical implementation.

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Lastly, the preservation of environmental resources is crucial to secure the availability for the future. This holds significance as the planet has limited land, water, and wildlife supplies. By adopting sustainable practices, they can guarantee that upcoming generations will have access to the essential resources required for their survival. Moreover, sustainable methods build stronger community connections, enhance overall quality of life, and instil optimism for a brighter tomorrow. They can also help protect natural resources, mitigate and adapt to climate change, and promote biodiversity.

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22 days ago

Nigeria’s ecological crisis fuels insecurity. – Crisis lies ahead if actions are not implemented to safeguard the environment. – Express your point of view.

22 days ago

Prof. Aliyu Salisu-Barau’s insights highlight the critical connection between environmental degradation and escalating security issues. The conference’s call for faith-based collaboration and practical solutions aligns with the collective responsibility to address the ecological crisis. It emphasizes the need for sustainable practices to secure resources for the future and build a resilient, optimistic society.

21 days ago

Nigeria’s environmental issue contributes to insecurity. If environmental protection measures are not taken, crisis is imminent. The association between natural calamities and safety issues may lead to an oversimplification of intricate matters. Solutions must take into account the complex nature of the problems and strike a balance between sustainability and the growth of society.

21 days ago

The degradation of the environment is a major factor in the growing security dilemma that affects Nigeria and other countries worldwide. The environment must be protected, and immediate action must be taken.Our surroundings matter.

Adeoye Adegoke
21 days ago

The ecological crisis in Nigeria is a pressing issue that cannot be ignored. If we fail to take action to safeguard the environment, it will have severe consequences for our security and well-being. It’s crucial for the government and individuals to prioritize sustainable practices, conservation efforts, and the protection of natural resources. By addressing the ecological crisis, we can mitigate the impact of climate change, preserve biodiversity, and ensure a safer and more sustainable future for generations to come. Let’s work together to make a positive difference for our environment and our country.