Cleen foundation, a non-governmental organization, has advised the Federal Government to institute a culture of participatory and inclusive soft approach to counter-terrorism.
Mr Benson Olugbuo, the Executive Director of the foundation, gave the advice in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He urged the government to mainstream human rights observance in counter-terrorism by constantly engaging all relevant stakeholders in routine training and retraining.
He also said that there was an urgent need to hasten the review of the Armed Forces Act to clarify the parameters of military engagement in internal security disturbances, particularly given the expanded functions.
“As a follow up, the Police, Department of State Security (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) should be adequately empowered to manage internal security while the military is sparingly used.
“Total overhaul of the Nigerian Correctional Service should be initiated as a matter of urgency and the government should initiate a clear definition of terrorism that will guide counter-terrorism Initiatives in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Olugbuo said that the extant laws detailing the functions of the military such as the Armed Forces Act 1999 as amended failed to clearly identify the parameters of the military engagement in internal security matters.
“This explains why the institution is almost assuming the responsibilities of the police in Nigeria.
“Yet, there seems to be no robust initiative to ensure an effective civil-military relations and the result has been high degree of human rights abuses,’’ he said.
This explains why freed prisoners and convicts end up becoming more hardened than they were before their incarceration and the reasons for incessant jailbreak in the country.