Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from NSRP held a one day National Civil Society Consultative Meeting on Peace and Security with a focus on corruption and instability in Nigeria. The meeting was attended by Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Independent Corrupt Practice and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Women and Youth groups, Community Based Organizations, Faith Based Organizations, NGOs, Media Practitioners as well as experts in the peace and security sector. After exhaustive deliberations in the Defence and Security Sector. We, the participants:
Recognize that across the length and breadth of the country, the quagmire of National insecurity stalk like the proverbial albatross hindering the attainment of national transformation and development despite the stupendous amount of budgetary allocation to the security sector.
Also Recognize That budgetary allocation to the defence and security sector is not subjected to fiscal accountability and transparency which consequences is the proliferation of crimes and weak prosecution of the war on insurgency.
Express our Deep Concern over the weakness in the institutional framework within Defence and Security which has adversely affected military capacity, credibility; inter agency collaborations, effectiveness, efficiency and public perception of the sector.
Note Strategic reform in the nation’s security sector to tackle crimes at various forms and terrorism will guarantee the constitutional responsibilities of the administration to move away from regime security to human security using various developmental methodologies and approach.
Also Note that employment of open, transparent and competitive process for engaging procurement processes in the defence and security must at all times exude transparency and accountability since that is the only it can sustain public trust and build confidence and capacity to eliminate threats.
Further Note that civil society organizations must continue to invest time, energy, resources and expertise in organizing platforms to synergize with a view of partnering with governmental and non-governmental organizations with a view to addressing societal challenges.
We Commit to engage the new emerging political commitment, build capacity of stakeholders and media, prioritize & identify issues in the defence sector and forward same to the Peace and Security Forum, prepare a memorandum to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, creating a big voice around the issues through citizen’s engagement.
We Affirm that there are existing challenges in the legislations of most security agencies that has translated into weak operational systems, abuse of fundamental human rights, bureaucratic bottlenecks, professionalism, judgments, behavior and weak skills/orientation of its personnel.
We Endorse The involvement of community leadership in the peace and security process for proper information management, transparent information disclosure and adherence to the rule of law as enshrined in the constitution.
Will ensure that internal arms conflicts in Nigeria orchestrated by poverty, inequality, lack of opportunities by the youths to participate, resource competition at the local level, spread of local politics and criminal dynamics, local supports from neighboring countries due to weak boarder control system are effectively included in the reform agenda of the new administration.
Shall Effectively mobilizes CSOs, key actors and the media to hype the need to address the structural causes of violence through quality and nature of governance, inclusiveness, lack of voice and accountability to address conflict dynamics in Nigeria.
Will Support concerted efforts at local, state and national level that will add value to the conflict prevention framework developed at the national level as civil relationships have posited that internal arms violent is porous in Nigeria .
Agreed to increase advocacy to address structural challenges in the defence and security sector alongside interventions that will provide remediation as a tool for addressing the fragmented challenges to make peace, security and stability a reality in Nigeria.
Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)
Federation Of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria
Centre for Crisis Communications
Search for Common Ground