Italy’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stefano De Leo, has said insecurity anywhere in the world, especially in Nigeria, can only be tackled by addressing the causes.
De Leo expressed this view in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja weekend.
Responding to a question on what the Italian government was doing to help Nigeria tackle insecurity, the ambassador identified proper education as an important approach.
This, he said, was because education empowered members of society, including women and the youth, in politics and other aspects of their lives.
“In our Italian way, security and stability cannot be ensured and achieved by military action alone.
“We have to touch the root causes which is the best way to curb insecurity in our country.
“We have to touch the root causes. So, we have our Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, who are working here in Nigeria, and who support efforts at addressing security issues.
“We are working mainly in Nigeria with the European Union to address the root causes which are education, empowerment of society and politics which plays a big role in the lives of youth and women.
“We are not directly involved in fighting those who commit crimes or terrorists, but we are basically working to address the root causes which are not very visible.
“It takes long but it helps create the environment needed to fight insecurity from a strategic point of view,” De Leo said.