President Muhammad Buhari
A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) has called urged the Federal Government to enforce serious actions to tackle insecurity in the country for economic growth and development.
Ocha Initiative for Peace and Unity Nigeria, onvened and Chaired by Mr. Augustine Kekeocha disclosed this in a press interview, in Abuja, on Wednesday, saying that insecurity in the country threatens the national unity of the country just as he statedthat fighting insecurity must be priotised in the country.
He said that government must adopt international best practices in recruiting Military and Police officers.
Said he: “In developed nations, before you are recruited as a police officer or army especially, you must have undergone some checks like Criminal record check, family background check, financial check, Psychiatric assessment, checks on your membership of any organization.
“These are some of vital checks that should be carried out for one to be eligible to be a police officer or a soldier. But it appears that is not the case in Nigeria. That is one of our major security problems and also over-Interference of the public and government in police and military affairs”.
In fighting insecurity, Kekeocha further urged government to tackle the porosity of the borders that gave room to the influx of arms and ammunitions into Nigeria.
Stated Kekeocha: “We must eliminate the bias in the judiciary and police in handling criminal cases and tackling of poverty and unemployment will be a great step in reducing crime and insecurity in the country.
Emphasised he: “Criminals must be treated as criminals and not celebrated, which encourages others to engage in criminal activities later”.
On ways to strengthen the national unity, he said that there was the need to use the primary, secondary schools and Universities to drive the course.
Said he:.“We need to start holding seminars in schools, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions across Nigeria. Create awareness in schools on the importance of tolerating one another and seeing one another as Nigerians, as against the tribal identification.
“Introduction of cultural events in schools, Introduction of the three major languages (Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo) into the curriculum of education, especially from primary schools”.
Commenting on Mission and Vision of his organization, Kekeocha said that the vision of the organization was to work to see a Nigeria where citizens will live side by side each other without fear of hostility.
Said he: “We want to see where people are judged according to the crime and not by their tribe”.
According to him, the major objective of the organization is to entrench peace unity and security of Nigerians, especially the youths .