Nigeria: Right Group Calls for Security, Peace Summit in Kogi State
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, April 11, 2019 (AltAfrika)-Irked by the level of insecurity in Kogi State in the North-Central axis of Nigeria, a human rights group, Centre for Human Right and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), has called for a summit to address the issue urgently for peace and security to reign in Nigeria.
In a statement by the Executive Director of the group, Comrade Idris Maliki Abdul, the group reminded that, “security is everybody’s responsibility and peace is a prerequisite for development in any society.”
The group is pained that the recent development across the Nigeria and in particular Kogi State, is becoming worrisome thus the need for every stake holder to put all hands on deck in addressing the insecurity which is threatening peaceful coexistence among the people.
“Security and peace cannot be addressed in isolation, therefore the need for synergy among various professionals and stakeholders on the menace that is currently affecting the life and properties of Kogi State,” the group said, just as it commends the effort put in place by both the security agents and the government of Kogi State in addressing the unfortunate development.
However, issues of peace and security, according to the CHRCR, cannot be addressed in an ad-hoc manner but through well-coordinated efforts across board to achieve the desired result, pointing out that 2019 election was characterised with different sad developments that sometimes threatened peace and security as the poll evoked different interests that were political, social and economic.
“Therefore, there is the need to put permanent machinery in place to address issue of peace in Kogi State, outside the conventional and the current security arrangement. Against this backdrop, therefore we call on Kogi State Government to put machinery in place for creation of a permanent structure, such as, a board, institute or commission to urgently organise a peace and conflict conference that will lead to forwarding a Bill to the State House of Assembly that will create a permanent institution that will address Peace and Security in the State”, the grouped advised.
The group admitted that, in any human society, conflict is inevitable, either at community, sub-national, national or international level as there will always be trouble because of human interest and value, reasoning however that the methodology deployed to manage the conflict towards a bearable proportion is the most significant antidote required.
“As at today, the Federal Government has an institution; Peace and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria. “Also Plateau has similar agency to address and intervene in their conflict situation. Therefore, we need to have a permanent committee of people of proven integrity, which will train, transform, conduct research and compensate when and where necessary. We also call on the people of Kogi State and Nigerians generally to learn to live together in peace, as what cannot be resolved in the board room will also not be resolved on the streets,” the statement concluded.