An NGO, Salute Nigeria Initiative: Finger off the Trigger Campaign, on Wednesday, called for collective responsibility and approach towards addressing the security challenges currently bedeviling the country.
The Coordinator-General of the NGO, Amb. Chielo Ojirika, in a statement issued in Abuja, said security was everybody’s concern and called for more robust and concerted efforts in curbing insecurity in Nigeria.
He said that the current call for the sack of service chiefs and overhaul of the nation’s security architecture would not address the core issues that had led to the increasing activities of criminals.
According to him, insecurity is a rising global phenomenon that has become the primary development challenges of the 21st century.
“In Nigeria, new threats, such as organised kidnappings, banditry, civil unrest, terrorism, communal clashes, vandalism and cultism, have continued to undermine our nation’s developmental stride.
“This trend we must curtail before it overshadows our existence as a country. A fundamental rethink is needed on our approach to curtailing this menace.
“Our political leaders are the critical partner in the fight against the security challenges in Nigeria.
“They should know that once an election is over, what is expected of them is to integrate themselves into the government and work assiduously in curbing all forms of social economic challenges which our nation is facing.
“Our traditional institution is the integral component to control the excesses of our youthful population. We cannot achieve sustainable peace without the active engagement of our royal fathers in the fight against insecurity and other social vices,’’ he said.
Ojirika said that his organization had been at the forefront of ensuring sustainable peace through its sensitisation and advocacy, tagged “Finger off the Trigger”.
He added that strengthening the security institutions and consulting with local authorities and stakeholders to partner with governments would go a long way in achieving security and peace.
According to him, such move will break the cycle of violence and stimulate development in Nigeria.
“ Furthermore, it is imperative to work with international partners to disrupt criminal and terrorists’ financial networks as well as eliminating the safe havens that protect and facilitate their activities.
“Salute Nigeria Initiative (SNI) and Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) are frontline partners in the fight against insecurity and violence in Nigeria.
“We will be flagging-off the 2020/2021 advocacy activities in March and April with a two-day national security awareness conference, with the theme: “Fight Against Insecurity and Cultism,” Ojirika said.
He added that the conference would provide opportunities for critical stakeholders as well as state and non-state actors to engage in conversations that will put an end to insecurity in the country,’’ he said.
Edited Dorcas Jonah and ‘Wale Sadeeq
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