General Abdulsalam Peace Center proffer solutions to Nigerian crisis

By Abdul Mohammed Isa, Niger State

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Abdulsalami Abubakar is a retired Nigerian Army General who was military President of Nigeria from 9 June 1998 until 29 May 1999

Security experts in Nigeria have observed that the complex, complicated crises currently confronting Nigeria, requires thought out solutions predicated on an action plan to address the issues of crisis on short, medium and long basis.

This was the outcome of the 2 day round table discussion organized by the General Abdulsalam Abubakar Institute of Peace and Sustainable Development on Tuesday in Minna the Niger State Capital.

In a communique issued by the Director of the institute, Dr Diamond Preye Nebechukwu to the media at the end of the sitting which brought together Security experts across the country, serving and retired military personnels, traditional rulers, non-governmental associations as well as technocrats from parts of Nigeria, he pointed out that the lingering crises bedevilling the country has to do with the economic crises, bellicose political activities, as well as rising perception of injustice by ethnic and religious groups escalated by fake news and hate speeches.

The team also pointed out that Nigerian government both past and present failed to make use of dialogue but rather relied heavily on the Military intervention in conflict management across the country.

Outcome of discussion

The outcome of the discussion by the security experts was a call on the Nigerian Government to limit Military intervention in internal crises, thus allowing the police and related para military organizations to effectively carry out their traditional roles,

The participants also urged the political leadership in Nigeria to always engage citizens and traditional rulers while addressing root causes of insecurity in the communities.

In addition, government was advised to ensure clear separation of religious and States roles as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution while adhering to the rule of law in addressing issues of religion and Security.

The reason for convening the roundtable discussion according to the institute is to checkmate the escalating tension and insecurities across Nigeria bordering on mutual intergroup suspicion, gangsterism, cultism, armed robbery and kidnapping among others especially the recurrent herder farmer conflicts which has assumed alarming dimension, and also the resurgence of separatist agitation in some parts of the country.

 

Emmanuel Ukoh