The Progressive Alliance Forum Canada, has urged Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that law enforcement and security agencies share intelligence to plan joint operations to coordinate their attacks on criminals’ hideouts.
The group also advised the president to institute “a holistic, proactive, and result-oriented strategy aimed at containing anarchy across the land, and securing the life and property of every citizen.
In a letter jointly signed by former Special Adviser to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Murtala J Balogun, and the Forum’s Global Director, Ibraheem Haruna on Wednesday, the Forum advised President Buhari to single out the role of the judiciary, the Nigerian Police, the customs and immigration departments, the Armed Services in mounting a combined assault on anarchy and insecurity across the country.
The Forum also advised the president to combine modern information and communication technology with human intelligence.
The Forum also advocated for establishing an ‘omnibus Ministry of Public Security to ensure that the anti-anarchy forces pull in the same direction.
The Forum also recommended that serious consideration be given to the establishment of State Police and Community Police Services, “as well as the transfer of the resources needed for the implementation of the devolution policy from the centre to the states.”
Speaking on the country’s incessant kidnappings, the forum said stamping out the evil practice warrants imposing stiff penalties on offenders and outlawing ransom payment.
To stop the invasion of farmlands, the Forum counselled balancing the herders’ right to freedom of movement with the farming communities’ property rights along with the right to life and dignity.
The Forum further advised the media to drop references to the ethnic affiliation of criminals, “and instead, isolate the criminals by describing them with the appropriate and illustrative adjectives.
The group also advised the government to re-establish the authority of the state over ungoverned spaces.