CU Holds Second Departmental Round-Table
The Department of Political Science and International Relations, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, hosted a round-table discussion on “Militancy and National Peace,” with Professor Bonny Ibhawo of the Department of History and Centre for Peace Studies, as well as the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Humanities, McMaster University Canada, leading the discussion.
The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo appreciated Professor Ibahwo’s visit to the university, and further explained that a forum like this was very vital for the exchange of ideas and thoughts towards societal and global development.
Relating the situation in Nigeria to Covenant University’s vision of one-of-ten-in-ten, Professor Ayo said, “It is a vision that has clear objectives and goals, and will definitely not come to us on a platter of gold, so it is important we identify our areas of competence. That way, we can contribute our quota to providing solutions to national problems.”
The Head, Department of Political Science and International Relations, as well as the Director of the Covenant University’s International Office and Linkages, Dr. Sheriff Folarin, while presenting the background introduction for the special guest, and lead discussant for the forum, welcomed him formerly to the University and thanked him on behalf of the University management for being at the event.
Presenting the background for the topic of the discussion, Professor Ibhawo said, “I am pleased to be here with you today, having been to this Campus once and was thoroughly impressed, not just because of the architecture of the buildings, but the quality of the scholarship. So, I really see this as a blessing to have this opportunity to interact with you.”
Professor Ibhawo observed, “Anyone going through the news in Nigeria lately will see that we have been bedeviled by insurgency, militancy and conflict. And in the academia, it is our responsibility to analyze the situation, and come up with policy guidelines that will help guide the country into a process of change. This is not just a military exercise as the Americans found out that all their might in Afghanistan and in the world would not reduce insurgency. We need a concerted approach; we need scholars to come together to reason through the process.”
The discussants at the event were Professor Kunle Amuwo, Professor Kayode Soremekun, and Dr. Daniel Gberevbe.
Members of the University community attended the Round-table Discussion.
The first edition in the series of Departmental Round-table, also hosted by the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Covenant University, which held in 2011, featured a discussion on, “Insurgency In Northern Nigeria: Boko Haram," with Professor Kunle Amuwo from the Intervention Crisis Group (ICG), Darkar, Senegal, leading the Round-table.