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Oluyemi Fasipe 🇳🇬 @YemieFASH
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With all the talks about the killings of the soldiers, and how the government has been handling the issue of insecurity, i like to share the recommendations that the @NGRSenate forwarded to the Executive earlier this year (after the Senate Security Summit). THREAD !
If these recommendations were adopted, some of the issues that our men and women are facing on the frontlines might/would have been addressed, but the Executive ignored these recommendations.
Here are the 20 Recommendations from the Report of the @NGRSenate’s Security Summit
1. The nation’s basic security infrastructure must be comprehensively reviewed and strengthened. The Nigerian political structure must be a major factor in the review of the nation’s security apparatus.
2. The security challenges of the nation must be isolated from political partisanship, and ethno-religious sentiments. Political activities must not fuel the further deterioration of the nation’s national security.
3. The national security structure of the nation must be revised by the Presidency to address the gaps in coordination, collaboration and synergy.
Additionally clear lines of authority and responsibility for national security issues must be identified and adopted.
4. In order to increase the capacity of the Nigerian police, military and other para-military agencies to respond to national security issues, the federal government must ensure that there is further recruitment in these organisations.
5. Ensure that the collaboration between federal security and law and order agencies must be reviewed in order to reduce the exposure of citizens to extra-legal influences.
6. Investments by the federal government must be made in order to incorporate technology into the core of Nigeria’s national security architecture and management.
7. Nigeria must reduce its dependence on importing its basic security equipment and must immediately develop its internal research and development capacities in order to meet our basic national security needs.
8. The Nigerian judiciary must operate with the highest standards of justice in order to ensure that citizens have confidence in our judicial system’s ability to freely and fairly dispense of justice.
9. The nation must examine options other than the use of force in its response to national security issues. The nation must develop strategies to improve the chances of resolving conflicts without resorting to the use of force.
10. The nation must immediately develop a strategy to limit the proliferation of firearms and other light weapons amongst the citizens.
11. Nigeria must assert its sovereignty amongst its neighbours, particular in the areas of arms control, drugs, terrorism, transhumance and economic sabotage.
Additionally, all international commitment that impact our domestic national security must be reviewed.
12. The international commute has demonstrated its willingness to support Nigeria in the fight against violent groups.
In this regard, the nation must improve in areas that inhibit its support from the international community — particularly in the areas of human rights, accountability and transparency.
13. The present of million of IDPs in the North-East and millions of other who have had no education or strong social links presents a potent threat the the present and future security of the nation.
The nation must immediately develop careful policies and initiatives that are aimed at addressing the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and development of the North-East and the development of the uneducated members of our society.
14. The national growing population may become a major threat to its future, unless substantial and sustained investments are made in the areas of human capital development, particularly education and health.
In this regard, a visionary strategy must be developed for the national economy that is aimed at providing quality education, skills development and employment for our nation’s young people.
15. Corruption and waster are threats to our national security. In this regard, a strong political will, effective policies and improvements must be made to ensure the efficiency of institutions.
16. The entire focus of governments across all levels must target poverty reduction, as poverty is a threat to national security. All current policies must be re-evaluated to ensure that they are effective.
17. The nation must develop its knowledge & skills in managing its extensive forest reserves in order to turn them into assets.
This is because the nation’s demographic indices indicate shifts in our population size, composition, land use and impact of the environment on human economic activities.
18. There is a need to generate the strong political will to improve the policy, legislation, regulatory & enforcement capacities to reduce the damage of the production, importation & consumption of illicit drugs in the nation ,which represent a major threat to national security
19. The Federal and State governments should work out a strategy to integrate the Almajiri system with the formal western educational system.
20. The Federal Government should provide low-interest rate loans for herders to develop ranching businesses in the country.
The insensitivity of the @MBuhari led government and lack of viable strategy is the reason for the persistent failure in the fight against terrorism despite the billion they claimed to have expended on fighting insecurity.
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