Following the recent ‘leaked’ #EndSARS report highlighting loopholes in Nigeria’s protection system, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, with the support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa, OSIWA at an interactive section with the Media on the theme: The Rousing Government Primacy To Protection Of Civilians, has called on government for urgent actions, as violence in the country is growing rapidly.
The Executive Director of CISLAC,Auwal Musa Ibrahim (Rafsanjani) in his opening remark noted in his speech that the growing of violence in Nigeria has reached an unacceptable level, referencing statistics and reports that the country has overtaken Somalia and Afghanistan in terms of kidnapping and banditry.
Rafsanjani sited Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution as amended being the framework that states that the security of the people shall be primary purpose of government and the participation by the people in the government shall be ensured in accordance with the provisions of the law.
CISLAC ED, Rafsanjani noted that documented killings and other issues of insecurity shows that the state of insecurity in the country translates to mere campaign promises by the present government led by President Muhammadu Buhari who had pledged to combat insecurity before being elected into office as President.
In lieu of the above, CISLAC has called on government in all tiers to wake up to their responsibility of providing security for its citizens.
Mr. Hashim while informing that the state actors have demonstrated commitment, said the frontliner in protocols have also engaged policy makers and services on the high level of vulnerability in the country.
According to Hashim, If the government put the PoC policy in place, it will become the first country in Africa to do so, and it will be something fundamental that the country write its name on the epitaph of good governance.
Responding on the denial around the ‘leaked’ Lekki Incident EndSARS panel report, Hashim said that the denial is a system that does not coordinate or have a tradition of making amends and would certainly come up with such a denial.
“And I think they should call those proxies of government who actually denied the report to order because you can not for any reason deny a product you also put in place.
“The state actually recognised those panels, calling it illegal is actually completely out of place. It is when you recognise where the fault lies and the root causes are, that is actually is the fundamental space that you need to engage even more.
“There is nothing wrong when a mistake happens and you recognise and accept it and you are able to make amends going forward. Those are actually the kind of recognition that you need to make things happen differently.” Hashim opined.
He stated further that the pronouncement from the Minister of Information is actually compromising the outcomes of the White Paper on the panel eventually.
“I think there should be some level of coordination within various government agencies and we have seen this actually playing out since the outcome of this particular regime when there are altercations and denials on various reports and products of the system.
“Basically, I think already the report will be rubbished and there is a need for us to have a new conversation as to all the recommendations and policies that are put in place.
“There are about 32 recommendations in that report. What exactly are we doing in terms of making them a reality? That should be our conversation and not the idea of denying them, mistakes have happened, we should own them up and owning them up in itself is an amend process and they can begin to soothe somethings and can help us to make some progress but if we do not do so, we continue to fire resentment and people gets angry with the state and that can also be recipe for a new conflict.”